Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

About the Book


Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it's our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies.

Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she's about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbours. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the by standing crowd.

Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

Review


Imagine this

You are on a bus, train, at school, at work, or sitting with a dying family member.  An earthquake shakes and rumbles beneath you.  You are scared, but not as scared as you are going to be in 3 weeks time when you watch your friends get ripped apart, limb by limb! 

Yes it is that graphic! Jeyn Roberts steals you away from your comfortable bed, chair or car (in some cases) and throws you, flailing about, into a world that personifies fear with the whispers of I am Legend and M Night Shalamayn movies that kept me up at night! 

Sitting on the plane to Durban (waiting for relaxation to takeover) I crack the ARC spine (not literally cracking the spine) and with a whoosh of dramatic writing and imaginative description I was forced to grip the pages until my knuckles went white, from pure alarm!  I read this fast paced novel, in 20 minute-baby-napping-spurts that would have me gasp in shock waking a rather grumpy 2 year-old up. 

Why was I complaining? It only started a series of more shushing and then more reading.

Four teenagers are forced to rethink their way of life in order to survive (no, this isn’t the Survivor you see on TV) this is the real life head-smashing-legs-aching-blood-reeking,-breath-holding survivor!  An earthquake shatters the very face of humanity releasing something that turns humans into murderous beasts; Roberts does this genre well.

Clementine, Michael, Aires and Mason teenagers who have no connection to each other (but whom Roberts cleverly matches up in a series of events); all end up learning and fighting their way to the end of this zombie-fied novel. 

If the limb ripping wasn’t gripping enough, short snippets of the Nothing the ghost that lives in us all or the killing gene that turns us from huggable humans to monsters. The ending blew me away, I wasn’t sure whether to run screaming out my house (my parents staring mouths gaped open at my sudden insanity) or to shoo the sinking feeling of dread away; because the Nothing isn’t a ghost it is someone… but who!

I was forced to huddling under my covers, attempting run-and-jumps onto my bed when the light was off.  This book rolls together Freddy Krueger, Hocus-Pocus, The Wicked Witch of the East, Leatherface, Ghost Face (from Scream), Chucky and Hannibal Lector all into one book!

READER BEWARE!

- Review by Kelly Ansara



About the Author


Jeyn Roberts grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and started writing at an early age, having her first story published when she was 16 in a middle-grade anthology called LET ME TELL YOU.

When she was 21, she moved to Vancouver with dreams of being a rock star, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Writing and Psychology. For the next few years she played in an alternative/punk band called Missing Mile before moving to England where she received her MA from the prestigious Creative Writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier and tree planter.

An avid traveler, she’s been around the world, most recently, teaching high school in South Korea.

A lover of animals, Jeyn volunteers regularly with helping abandoned and abused animals, especially cats.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (22) Falling Together

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks "nail biting" selection is:

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos



Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: November 2011 

About the Book:


What if saying hello to an old friend meant saying good-bye to life as you know it?

It’s been six years since Pen Calloway watched her best friends walk out of her life. And through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the vicissitudes of single motherhood, she has never stopped missing them.

Pen, Cat, and Will met on their first day of college and formed what seemed like a magical and lifelong bond, only to see their friendship break apart amid the realities of adulthood. When, after years of silence, Cat—the bewitching, charismatic center of their group—e-mails Pen and Will with an urgent request to meet at their college reunion, they can’t refuse. But instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will, with Pen’s five-year-old daughter and Cat’s hostile husband in tow, on a journey across the world.

With her trademark wit, vivid prose, and gift for creating authentic, captivating characters, Marisa de los Santos returns with an emotionally resonant novel about our deepest human connections. As Pen and Will struggle to uncover the truth about Cat, they find more than they bargained for: startling truths about who they were before and who they are now. They must confront the reasons their friendship fell apart and discover how—and if—it can ever fall back together.


About the Author:


I'm the New York Times bestselling author of Love Walked In, Belong to Me, and Falling Together. I've also published a poetry collection called From the Bones Out.

I was born in Baltimore; grew up in Virginia; went to school for a very long time (UVA, Sarah Lawrence, and The University of Houston); studied poetry; published poetry; got married to David Teague (children's book author and all-around good egg); had two kids, Charles and Annabel (funny, smart, full of opinions); moved from Philly to Wilmington, Delaware; and began writing novels.

Bio from Harper Collins

Why am I waiting for this gem!?

From the authoress who created the books that would change my life, how can I not scream wildly and skip my way through life until this little tome plops itself snuggly in my bookshelf.  Please picture a grabby hand Kelly, distant manic grin on her face, and a dull monotone sream coming from my mouth!  I WANT THIS!!!!


What are you waiting for?
 


Monday, October 24, 2011

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

About the Book


Passion. Fate. Loyalty.
Would you risk it all to change your destiny?
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren.  Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.




A BIG thank you to Elmarie from Jonathan Ball Publishers for the review copy!

Review

This is one of those rare occasions when you fall in love with the book’s cover and decide to move it up 3 books on your “To Be Read” pile.

While I keep saying “I don’t really like YA”.  I am, of late, devouring more and more of YA literature in quick, easy and enjoyable reading bites.  Colleen Houck is yet another eBook selling sensation turned print book published author – I love these rise-of-the-underdog-but-saved-by-the-digital-book-stories – who owns her own white tiger and has a flair for description.

Kelsey Hayes is an average, American 18 year-old who finds a summer job at a circus and falls, instantly, in love (I mean the love you would have for a kitten or puppy) with the white tiger named Ren.  A strange man arrives at the circus and buys Ren, and offers Kelsey the opportunity to travel along with them to India; the hook that is needed to pull this tumultuous novel along.  I do have to say that this YA is definitely on the younger side of Young Adult, but nonetheless it had me going “Ahhhooooo” or “Woah, what what!”.

I loved the cover and Houck really took me on a whirlwind adventure to the heart of India, but I am hesitant (and call me a cynic) that a young 18 year-old girl would jump at the opportunity to take a trip with a tiger and a strange man across the Atlantic?  Maybe I was born in a time where I was taught to never talk to strangers.  I know crazy notion right?  And this irritated me to no end, but once I realised that books are made to take you away to exotic locations and entice you (especially if you are far younger than me), I suppose Kelsey’s choice was valid. 

Nevertheless, this is a true holiday read and with long stretches on the beach and an empty mind this one is for you!

 - Review by Kelly Ansara
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About the Author


Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Tiger’s Curse is her first book, which has already received literary praise and digital success. Her self-published eBook claimed the #1 spot on Kindle’s children’s best-seller list for seven weeks. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a white stuffed tiger.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eleven by Mark Watson

About the Book

Xavier Ireland is a radio DJ who by night listens to the hopes, fears and regrets of sleepless Londoners and by day keeps himself very much to himself - until he is brought into the light by a one-of-a-kind cleaning lady and forced to confront his own biggest regret. This is a tale of love, loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation, asking big questions about life and death, strangers and friends, heartache and comfort, and whether the choices we don't make affect us just as powerfully as those we do.

Published by Simon & Schuster

 

 

Review


 I am cured!  Months of searching for a book that would excite me and rock me to the core so that my book slump would disappear with the turn of a page.  Well this has done it!  I have said once before that We don’t find books, books find us” and it is true. 

This highly unexpected novel yanked me from my rather depressing reverie and had me hooked to each page.

Xavier, once Chris Cotswold, is a radio DJ by night and loner by day; his show – Late Lines – deals with the sadness, hopes and insomnia of its listeners; a sort of Oprah Show if you like.  Xavier moved from Australia, changed his name – running from what seems like a haunted past.   It seems Xavier is a lost cause, failing to help a young man from being bullied which ultimately results in a series of events for an array of strangers.  It seems all very movie-like until you begin to wonder what situation you avoided and how that action impacted people around you? 

It isn’t until Xavier meets a cleaner doe he begin to finally deal with one incident in particular that forced him to move halfway across the globe and change his name. 
The plot isn’t what would sell this book, it’s the characters.  I fell in love with each and every one of them, from his neighbours to the Indian man who owns the shop down the road.  Watson has a way of portraying the realisms of people with a hint of oddity.  What an amazing read!
One Moment.  Eleven Lives. Endless Consequences.
- Review by Kelly Ansara
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About the Author



Mark Watson is a comedian, author, sports pundit and husband. He was born in 1980 and according to life expectancy for his socio-economic group and Body Mass Index, will die in 2056.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

About the Book 

  The blurb from www.ellenfeldman.com

When their men go off to war, Babe, Millie, and Grace, three childhood friends in Massachusetts,  live on letters, and in dread of telegrams that can bring only bad news.  But as the war drags on, and when  peace breaks out, they experience changes that move them in directions they never dreamed possible.  The women lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places.

And as they change, so does America—from a country in which people know their place in the social hierarchy to a world in which women’s rights, the Civil Rights movement, and technological innovations present new possibilities and uncertainties.

Yet Babe, Millie, and Grace remain bonded by their past, even as their children grow up and away and a new society rises from the ashes of the war.

A story of war, loss, and the scars they leave, Next To Love depicts the enduring power of love and friendship, and illuminates a transformational moment in American history.


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Review

Next to Lovecovers the lives and times of three women whose sweethearts and husbands join the armed forces when America enters the war (World War II).

Feldman writes about a period of time from the point of view of each character, which takes some getting used to (you have to remember what was happening at each stage of the previous character’s story so you can relate the events to the current character) but does help to sustain interest – just as you get tired of one character’s story, you move on to the next.

Unfortunately, this narrative tool also creates some distance between the main characters: although the blurb mentions that this is a tale of ‘the enduring power of love and friendship’, do not expect dramatic scenes of women crying on each other’s shoulders, sharing secrets and talking frankly and at length about their emotions. The bond among these women seems more circumstantial than relational – they happen to be in the same small town at the same time. As one reviewer noted: ‘I found myself wondering why these women were friends at all!’ For me, the story was more about the experiences and reflections of individuals than about friendship.

Of all the themes covered in the novel, the most prominent for me was the way women were viewed, treated and expected to behave before during and after the war, and how this affected their relationships with one another. Even the strongest, most outspoken character keeps secrets from her friends for fear of being judged or misunderstood. 

The narrative seems to lose focus in the decades after the war, perhaps because there was too much time to cover in a limited number of pages. Some of the children get a look-in with chapters and sub-plots of their own but these don’t link well to the main story or characters –a pity because the main characters and large emotional themes lose depth and momentum as a result.

That said, the novel is engaging and I was impressed with the way Feldman captured the prevailing attitudes, beliefs and social norms of the time and place. I can’t say I become emotionally attached to the characters but I did finish the book feeling grateful to the women who fought, in big and small ways, for the privileges and freedom that I enjoy.


An enjoyable way to get through a packet or two of biscuits.


Review by Melissa Davidson
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About the Author




Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Next to Love, Scottsboro, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, and Lucy. She writes both fiction and social history, and has published numerous book reviews.


Ellen has lectured extensively around the country and in Germany and England.  She enjoys talking to book groups in person, on the phone, or via the web.

Ellen grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College, from which she holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history. After further graduate studies at Columbia University, she worked for a New York publishing house.


Ellen lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York, with her husband and their Cairn terrier named Lucy. She is currently at work on The Unwitting, a novel, set against the cultural cold war, about a marriage and a country betrayed.



Other books:

Lucy

The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank

Scottsboro






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Friday, October 14, 2011

Boeke Prize 2011

Welcome to the Exclusive Books Boeker Prize 2011.

Set against the sunny backdrop of Morningside Shopping centre, I was greeted with a glass of champagne and a chocolate croissant!  Heaven. to say the least!

The shortlist was as follows...


When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Matterhorn by Karl Malantes
The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer


The winner's are...


When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman


Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson


"Passion is all very well, but it wouldn't do to spill the tea." - Major Pettigrew
Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2011
Waverton Good Read Award 2011

About the Book

Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love?

Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.

Published by: Bloomsbury

Review

The perfect antidote to twirly typeface chick-lit stories.
I admit that I am hopelessly in love with the idea of living in an English village surrounded by eccentric characters who say things like “It wouldn’t do to spill the tea”, so I looked forward to reading this novel, Helen Simonson’s debut, and whiling away a few hours with something light and breezy.

The novel has characters you might well expect to find in a story set in a Sussex village: the old-school-values major, the ineffectual vicar, the slightly ridiculous lord of the manor, the fusspot women who see to the village’s social events. There’s also the major’s son – a vain, social-climbing London banker – crass, greedy in-laws from up north, a couple of Americans and a family of immigrant shopkeepers. While this may sound like a movie script for the usual cast of beloved English character actors (although it will be coming to the big screen soon), Simonson’s writing rescues the story, the characters and even the themes from becoming victims of farce or stereotype.

Yes, there are generous helpings of witty dialogue, wry observations and comical events, but the observations made in quieter, more serious moments are what lift this novel above ‘romantic comedy’. When I cried towards the end of the story (don’t worry, it does have a happy ending!) I realised what a brilliant job Helen Simonson had done.


This is a gentle, charming and captivating read. Improbable? Perhaps. Excessive at times? Maybe. Worth reading?

Absolutely.

- Review by Melissa Davidson
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About the Author

Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton, she is a former travel advertising executive who has lived in America for the last two decades. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, she now lives with her husband and two sons in the Washington, D.C. area. This is her first novel.




A big thanks to Keryn Wells, from Jonathan Ball Publishers, for the the proof copy!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (21) The Marriage Plot


 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks "tapping my foot while waiting" selection is:

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 2011

Covers...


Which cover do you like?

My favourite is the right-hand side one the cover is far brighter, however the left-hand side one really does capture the story and time period of the story!  So I may need you to convince me!

About the Book

“There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.” Anthony Trollope

It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead – charismatic loner and college Darwinist – suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus – who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange – resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love. Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?

With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

About the Author


Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960, the third son of an American-born father whose Greek parents immigrated from Asia Minor and an American mother of Anglo-Irish descent. Eugenides was educated at public and private schools, graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and received an MA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1986. Two years later, in 1988, he published his first short story.

His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta's 'Best of Young American Novelists'. His first novel, "The Virgin Suicides", was published in 1993, and has since been translated into fifteen languages and made into a major motion picture. His second novel, "Middlesex", won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003.

Eugenides is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and The National Foundation for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Harold D. Vursell Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the past few years he has been a Fellow of the Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin.

Jeffrey Eugenides lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.

So what are you waiting for?


Monday, October 3, 2011

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

About the Book

1968. The year Paris takes to the streets. The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream. The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born.

Young Elly's world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like 'slag'; an ageing fop who tapdances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God. In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly's one constant is her brother Joe.

Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were. Until, that is, one bright morning when a single, earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their bond forever.

Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

Review

"She was comforted by no one. Everyone had a story of grief. Everyone else's was worse than yours."

Sarah Winman’s debut novel is a rather different sort of work. For one thing, there isn’t really a plot. There is no building up of tension as we are lead to a thrilling d√©nouement which ties all the loose pieces together. This is not to say that the book is bad – on the contrary, I enjoyed it and found it quite satisfying. The novel is compelling in that it is very character driven and one is constantly wondering what else can befall our protagonist and her somewhat unconventional family.

When God Was a Rabbit is a story narrated by Elly, and focuses on her childhood in London and beyond. The focal points of her life are her brother Joe, who protects and loves her fiercely; and her best friend Jenny Penny, whose mother is constantly running from one boyfriend to another. Beginning early on, Joe buys Elly a Belgian hare after she inadvertently reveals a horrible secret to him. She chooses to call this new friend god (yes, lowercase). The book is littered with humorous moments such as this in order to alleviate the misery, including a hilarious Nativity scene which Elly and her classmates attempt to re-enact, resulting in some laugh out loud scenes.

As Elly grows up and continues to explore life, her world changes around her. She experiences losing contact with Jenny when her parents win money and decide to move to the country and open a bed and breakfast. Her brother settles down in New York and she makes new friends. Along the way, Winman uses historic events to map out Elly’s life, such as Princess Diana’s death, or 9/11. The author doesn’t use these events for social commentary, but rather as markers along the road. “This is what we were doing when John Lennon was shot”; the sort of comment all of us make. These moments don’t define her, but help Elly further ponder her life and those around her.

What I find most interesting is Winman’s tone throughout the book. She deals with very dark, heavy subject matter – abuse, suicide, sexuality, cancer, to name a few – and yet the reader never feels burdened by these difficult themes. Her tone remains light, nostalgic, and almost carefree, sometimes satirical. I wondered why she chose this style and concluded that perhaps because she is capturing life as it happened. No one can appreciate how much others suffer until one suffers greatly oneself. And so, because we cannot ever fully comprehend or appreciate the scope of the destructive forces in Elly’s life, we cannot share her grief and heartache completely. Life goes on, and so we watch the story unfold with interest but not with the depth of awareness the reader usually experiences. I’m sure this is on purpose – it creates a realistic vantage for the reader, just as we watch a news story unfold and feel momentary shock for the people involved. But we are not completely drawn in – we do not know those individuals; we can never fully know them.

The reader is subjected to nuggets of wisdom from many of the characters as we realise that Elly’s tale is about life – not just hers, but everyone’s. Yours, mine, that fellow down the road. This is a story about the eccentricities of family; the heartache and heartbreak of love and life; the bond between brother, sister, and best friend; but most importantly, I feel this book is about hope. Through all the tragedy and disappointment, Winman shows us that there is good in the world; that we can go on in spite of how terrible life can be. It is about the endurance of the human spirit, however subtly it may be portrayed. And if that isn’t true, isn’t that what one wants to hear anyway?
 "But ultimately who cared? Truth, as he always said, was overrated; nobody ever won prizes for telling the truth."
Perhaps Sarah Winman will.

-  Review by Bradley Lutz
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About the Author


Sarah Winman grew up in Essex. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is her first novel. She lives in London.



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