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An atmospheric read
on 1 July 2014
'Away With The Fairies' by Vivienne Tuffnell
I really liked this story. I was well written, fluent, engaging and, in parts, genuinely moving, especially early on where we hear about Izzie's parents and her struggle to hang on to her sense of self. That struggle to find space felt very genuine, very well observed and articulated, and gave the story a real grounding that most readers will identify with.
The more mystical aspects were well handled too, and there was no shirking from the explanations needed to make the whole backstory hang well together. Tuffnell has done an excellent job marshalling her research and spinning it into the story. I appreciated that.
I have only a slight quibble, which might be down to my own preference for short sentences. The kindle page felt a bit crowded. There are a lot of very long paragraphs; and sentences which, while they hung together, could have been made easier by being shortened and clarified. Occasionally, the meaning ran away with the commas. A spot of judicious editing would be so rewarding, here.
All the best, Vivenne, and thanks for a warm-hearted and interesting read. I'll go and take a look at some of your other books.
Fran Macilvey, "Trapped: My Life With Cerebral Palsy"