Review: The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter

Things that perhaps would have drifted apart or never even touched have found themselves thrown together inseparably.
Yesterday was Alice’s wedding day.  She is thousands of miles away from the home she is so desperate to leave, on the southernmost tip of INdia, when she wakes int he morning to see a wave on the horizon, taller than the height of her guest house on Kanyakumari beach.  Her husband is nowhere to be seen.
On the other side of the world, unhappily estranged from her daughter, is Alice’s mother, Violet.  Forced to leave the idyllic Wiltshire village, Imber, in which she grew up, after it was requisitioned by the army during the Second World War, Violet is haunted by the shadow of the man she loved and the wilderness of a home that lies in ruins.
As Alice searches for her husband in the debris of the wave, she is forced to face up to some truths about herself she has been hiding from.  Meanwhile Violet is compelled to return to Imber to discover why she abandoned her great love… Continue reading “Review: The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter”

Review: Capital by John Lanchester

capitalThe residents of Pepys Road, London – a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumour, a family of Pakistani shop owners, the young football star from Senegal and his minder – all receive an anonymous postcard one day with a simple message: “We Want What You Have”. Who is behind it? What do they want?

As the mystery of the postcards deepens, the world around Pepys Road is turned upside down by the financial crash and all of its residents’ lives change beyond recognition over the course of the next year.

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An appetite for book clubs

This post originally appeared on magickittenblogs, on Friday 29th March 2013

On Wednesday night, I was very pleased to get along to the Appetite Book Club in Colchester, run by the amazing Jo Coldwell. Seriously, this woman never stops – she does an amazing job organising the busiest book club I’ve ever seen as well as doing wonderful things at Tea and Sympathy, an Aladdin’s cave of lovely things, workshops and master classes in Colchester.

The book club meets monthly at The Old Court in Colchester, opening specially for the evening – there must have twelve full tables all looking forward to catching up with friends and discussing the latest read, The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. Continue reading “An appetite for book clubs”