If Carelsberg made books…
This is the most wonderful book, you can see straight away why it won the coveted Costa Book Awards. I actually tweeted when I was about 30 pages into the book; ‘Ever found a book so amazing you want to stop reading cause you don’t want to finish it? This is that book’. Only the opposite happened, I read faster because I just couldn’t put it down.
I was constantly amazed at the author ability to make what could have been a sad story and make it warm, full of love and very funny. I also loved how just when you thought the book was about one thing, it would change to be about something else but move seamlessly between the story lines.
It’s not just the wonderful story lines, it is the way it is written, with beautiful language and in the first person in a way that makes you feel like the protagonist is talking directly to you. It was very clever of the author.
I read this book as mother to two small children which gave me a certain perspective, amazingly I think this is a book that would read differently for different people and at different times in life; if you were a 18 year old man you would see a very different story, the same for a man, grandparent, you would all draw different things and perspectives from the story.
When I finished the book I had something that I have not had since I don’t know when… I wanted to immediately start again because I knew that I would love the book even more the second time.
I really hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did, please leave a comment to let me know, or let me know if you have any suggestions of what I can read next!
This book gets a fabulous 5 out of 5, enjoy!