A great read that covers topics of alcoholism, debt, love, loyalty, murder and political activism.
Watching the main character, Izzy grow through the book was incredible. She starts out as a slightly naive, innocent women but as she learns more and more a personal transformation takes place. This is interlaced well with the themes and going ons of the book and I found myself really rooting for her to make the right decisions.
The style that this is written in is quite unique as each chapter ends with a transcript of Izzy’s husband talking to a therapist about his alcoholism. I found this to be a very clever way to hear the husbands side of what’s going on, his thoughts and his feelings. Also being written in this style I found myself being drawn further into the world of addiction. It makes it feel more real, more visceral as if you are going through the same experience.
A dramatic read from start to finish that made my heart ache and glow all at the same time.
This is story telling at its best. An intriguing tale of the relationship between a man and woman who are growing apart, but only one of them is aware of it. The central character is easy to identify with. Izzy is torn between a sense of loyalty to her husband and her growing need for self-fulfilment now that her only child is growing up and moving on. The author’s clever use of parallel conversations between the husband and his therapist illustrate the scale of the gulf between the couple. Set against a backdrop of a period of uncertainty in Glasgow, it has a great sense of time and place. Could the theme of ‘change’ in the title refer to Izzy’s situation or to the growing Scottish Nationalist movement of the times, or to the possible downfall of that great Glasgow institution – Rangers Football Club? Keddie Hughes has done her research well in capturing the essence of those times. This book has it all. Love, family, politics, and football! A brilliant read.
Who would have thought that a book that takes as its starting point the financial woes of a football club could be so absorbing?! It is, of course, about so much more than that. Set against the background of the bankruptcy of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, this beautifully plotted novel keeps your interest through to the final chapter. It explores sectarianism, alcoholism and relationships in an unsentimental, non judgemental way. An obvious affection for the city of Glasgow and its surroundings, allied to an acute awareness of some of its problems, gives the book truth and immediacy. Keddie Hughes tells her story engagingly. The characters are drawn sympathetically and the situations they find themselves in are utterly believable; you care about them. One to be recommended to the book club.
Financial corruption in the football industry provides a fascinating backdrop to the main characters story as she struggles to find hope in a marriage where she is losing respect for her husband who has his own struggles with alcohol. She is attracted to another man but perhaps her answer needs to be sought elsewhere. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Like Izzy, I hate football and I’m married to a man who is fanatical supporter so I was hooked from the first page. Seeing her rebel against the expectations of her husband was a joy - getting drawn into political activism and attracted to another man made my heart sing for her. It’s not all plain sailing but I never stopped rooting for her. I hope this is the first of a sequel because I think Izzy is a great character and would love to know how her life evolves.
A book that kept me curled up, in my armchair, for hours. I really enjoyed the cast of characters – they were all so individual and real. I didn’t like Izzy’s husband Jim to start with. I thought he was a drunken chauvinist but I warmed to him as the story unfolded, realising he was just as much a victim of his circumstances and his culture as Izzy was. It’s a rare skill for a writer to make me relate to a character that I disliked. More please!
I really enjoyed this romance with a difference. It’s background in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the Rangers football scandal, together with an insight into alcohol abuse, gives it a bit of edge. There are plenty of twists and I really didn’t know who Izzy would end up with till the very end!
After starting to read into Izzy's life, I could not put the book down. This is a brilliantly told story on how small choices can have a big impact. Izzy finds her way with growing older, a renewed sense of meaning and her husband who likes his drink.. The main character and her ambiguities seem both fiction and real at the same time. Even if I have no direct connection to football or Schotland, the story brought this world to life in a personal way. I was surprised when reading the postscript about the real Glasgow Rangers and to the Citizens Advice bureau.