I didn’t start this blog a couple of years ago intending for it to be enitrely made of book reviews, but having started working in a bookshop in January, I have posted at least one book review a month this … Continue reading
Golden Hill By Francis Spufford Woe-betide anyone who dared in to interrupt me mid-chapter! A glittering gem of a book, this historical New York adventure satisfies every requirement for a fantastic novel. Language that glitters and glides across every page. … Continue reading
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Smoke Dan Vyleta For the fourth time this year, I have found my new favourite book. A gripping story, complex characters and a world rich with ideas. What would a world be like where all your sins are laid … Continue reading
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro My first reading of an Ishiguro novel has shown me how his masterful storytelling has succeeded in capturing readers around the world. A mysterious mist covers the land of medieval Britain and robs the … Continue reading
“Ideas that bounce around like a rubber ball in a perpetual motion machine, the delights do not stop coming.” Continue reading
The Book Thief By Markus Zusak This is a beautiful book. Exquisitely heart-breaking. Germany is in the hands of the Führer, and Liesel Meminger is a book thief. Both Hitler and Liesel know that words have power. Words can save … Continue reading
As I wile away the time between being an Almost-Adult and being a Finished Adult – perish the thought – I have gotten myself a part-time job in a bookshop. It’s not a life time goal, but a facilitator for … Continue reading
It’s raining today. Grab your wellies. It’s time for some puddle jumping. There are few things in life that provide such unadulterated joy like jumping in puddles. It’s the smell, the sound, the feel of the rain falling around you, … Continue reading
“My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout
My Name is Lucy Barton is an honest account of family and a true representation of how life and love can be so complicated and yet so simple. Strout’s tone is refreshing and unsentimental, and for me, that is both its strength and its weakness. I struggled to feel invested in what is essentially brief and largely uneventful. Strout’s strength, however, is creating an environment in which empathy is eminently possible.
“Lonely was the first flavour I hast tasted in my life, and it was always there, hidden inside the crevices of my mouth, remind me.” p41-2
“I have since been friends with many men and women and they say the same thing: Always that telling detail. What I mean is, this is not just a woman’s story. It’s what happens to a lot of us, if we are lucky enough to hear that detail and pay attention to it.” p28
The charm of this novel is in its little glimpses of human tenderness. Lucy shares those feelings we all have but are often too embarrassed or ashamed to admit. Lucy and her mother do not have an easy relationship. They are real because they are normal and mundane but complicated, like all of us.
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- Book Review: “Ashes of London” by Andrew Taylor
- Review: “The Tobacconist” by Robert Seethaler
- Book Review: “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes
- Review: “The Child that Books Built” by Francis Spufford
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- “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce – Review