Rook Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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Rusbridge's sympathetic and respectful handling of a sensitive issue conveys an emotional impact that resonates long after the closing pages (TLS)
Genuinely fascinating and the writing itself is really fine - often lush and ambitiously poetic, but always controlled (Daily Mail)
Rook is an astonishingly vivid book; colours, textures, sounds, landscape, weather - a locality so precisely evoked that it rises up from the page as you read, and surrounds you with the fabric of the imagined lives which inhabit it. They are fascinating and compelling lives, and the plot delves into the layers of their past actions and secrets, delicately peeling them away ... an utterly engrossing novel (The Tablet)
An emotional tale of family, forgotten history and loyalty (Psychologies)
What a good novelist Jane Rusbridge is! I love the way she combines dexterous storytelling with deliciously descriptive, poetic prose. The people, the landscape they inhabit, even the birds in the air, are all vividly rendered in this mesmerising and multilayered story(Marika Cobbold, author of Guppies for Tea)
Intense, atmospheric and beautifully written (Joanna Briscoe, author of Sleep with Me)
Compelling, absorbing and beautifully written (Patricia Duncker)
A richly woven tale has its pleasures too (Independent)
A powerful tale ... intensely written (Lifestyle)
Thoughtful ... The historical background of the Sussex coast, full of battles and dead husbands, enriches it (Sunday Herald)
A mesmerising story of family, legacy and turning back the tides, Rook beautifully evokes the shifting Sussex sands, and the rich seam of history lying just beneath themSee all Product Description
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Nora, a cellist, has returned to Creek House, her family home in Bosham, a beautiful village on the West Sussex coast, where she attempts to put incidents from her recent past behind her. Nora's mother, Ada, an emotionally fragile and somewhat embittered woman, is not entirely welcoming, and instead of giving her daughter the love and support she needs, she immerses herself in her own fragmented memories and imaginings of the past, as she wanders in her overgrown garden where the scent of her French cigarettes mingle with the enticing aromas of the sea.
With the need to put her past behind her, Nora fills her spare time by running along the creek paths leading to the sea with the sound of cello concertos reverberating in her mind, and by volunteering to help with village life. One day she finds a half-dead baby bird, and feeling a connection with the bird's injured state and needing a project, Nora immerses herself in nursing the young bird back to health. And while Nora is occupied with her injured bird, other events occur which provide further distractions when a film crew, headed by a rather charismatic documentary maker, arrives in the village to make a film about an eleventh century king who is believed to be buried under the floor of the parish church. Bosham, we discover, has important and fascinating associations with the past and, as tales of ancient battles, rivalries and burials are revealed, Nora and Ada find themselves confronting difficult issues from their own pasts that are very painful to deal with.Read more ›
Footnote. you can also have a parliment of rooks, I like building.
The opening was historical and lush, rich, gorgeous and brutal. The rest described places, a way of life and a background of cello-playing which I am unfamiliar with.
The whole told of a woman I couldn't help but wish to know more about; her relationship with her mother and those about her compelling.
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Really loved this book. I found myself dreaming of it, it felt so real. Very much liked all the characters, although my favourite was Ada, who reminded me a little of Blanche... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Florence Hall
A totally brilliant atmospheric book that will stay with you long after you press the button on your kindle or close the cover. Inspired us to visit Bosham tooPublished 21 months ago by lisa45530
Nora, a young woman has returned to her childhood home in Bosham, Sussex. It is clear that something has gone wrong, and we gradually piece the story together. Read morePublished 21 months ago by old joanna
Really enjoyed this well-written and absorbing book, and would read again. Although I didn't especially warm to the protagonist, and would have liked something nice to have... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jacqueline Pye
Rook explores some familiar themes such as love, adultery, motherhood and old age. But the book is not just another novel about the human condition. Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by J. Wilson
Sounded great from the reviews but I gave up quite quickly. Maybe me so do not let this put you off. I may have another go later.Published on 10 July 2014 by Rowan
A little dull in places. Would have like yo have known more about the mothers past, her father and they're relationships. I just felt there was something missing.Published on 11 May 2014 by Mrs P Whistlejacket