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Beautiful, subtle and heartbreaking story of loves lost and found,
This review is from: Ten Things I've Learnt About Love (Hardcover)
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I found this book was a bit of a slow burner, short chapters each introduced by a list of ten things (things I will say to my father, things I have found that spell your name, reasons I hate my sister, etc) which gradually drew me into the elegy on family relationships, identity and the city of London. It's an unusual and effective format, but it wouldn't hold up without the deft writing and character development. The novel is composed of two separate threads: one is narrated by Alice, a young traveller trying to recover from a broken heart and returning to London to visit her dying father. The other thread is narrated by Daniel, an older homeless artist who sees words as colours and has never recovered from his own broken heart. Gradually, subtly, and stunningly these threads intertwine to bind and begin to mend these two fascinating, broken and yet beautiful people. I've only just finished reading, but I predict this is a book that will stay with me for a very long time.