Jane Snow

Helpful votes received on reviews: 56% (30 of 54)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 543,411 - Total Helpful Votes: 30 of 54
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It's as precious as Ballykissangel, and about as weighty, so how The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry scraped its way to the Booker longlist is a mystery! The plot is swiftly summarised: A pensioner sets out from his comfortable home in Devon on an ill-prepared journey north, where an old friend rests in hospice. Harold has packed nothing to sustain him on his impromptu journey; he propels himself by will alone. And as he walks, the novel shuttles smoothly between his perspective and that of his wife and son, all of them reflecting on the shape of their lives and how those lives interlock with one another.

This is a picaresque, but an agreeably meditative one, gentle, clever and… Read more
The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
5 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I read one previous Dorothy Koomson novel, The Woman He Loved Before, which was exceedingly poor - both overwrought and paper-thin, with very unlikable characters. The only thing it had to recommend it was an attractive jacket, and The Rose Petal Beach doesn't even have that going for it. But my daughter bought this new book for me, having confused it with Veronica Henry's latest novel (!), so I felt duty-bound to read it, and did so right after finishing ML Stedman's wondrous The Light Between Oceans.

The copy on the back does the story no favours - it is impossible to follow (and indeed my daughter tells me that she spent several minutes scrutinising it, trying to decipher the… Read more
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Robustly old-fashioned storytelling, big-hearted and self-assured. When Tom and Izzy Sherbourne recover a marooned boat on the remote Australian coastline in 1926, they are astonished to find a baby within. They swiftly adopt the child as their own, but its history is far more tangled than they could have imagined, and soon the Sherbournes' world collides with that of 'their' baby's family.

I would dock it points for its unattractive jacket, but otherwise The Light Between Oceans is a triumph - really spellbinding fiction. The moral dilemmas are accessible and almost unbearably poignant, the period detail is spot-on, and the Sherbournes themselves make for heartbreaking heroes… Read more