Top positive review
No wonder it’s won so many awards
12 December 2017
I came across this book as part of a course run by Edinburgh University on how to read novels. Many people dismissed it because of its subject matter. No matter what, no matter how skilfully and poetically written a novel might be, some people will always be prejudiced.
The author is a poet, and with virtually every line he writes you can tell this. Don’t let the apparent lack of dialogue or the massively extended paragraphs put you off. This is a story about people so real that you feel by the end that you know them as you know your own family (and maybe better, in that families often conceal secrets from one another). Brilliant book. I bought the paperback and the Kindle version, as I’m studying creative writing as a degree. Really sad that it has come to an end and all I can do to reacquaint myself with the characters is to start reading it all over again.