Wednesday, February 13, 2013

10 Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

About the Book
 
A uniquely heart-wrenching and life-affirming novel for fathers and daughters everywhere.
 
Alice has just returned to London from months of travelling abroad. She is late to hear the news that her father is dying, and arrives at the family home only just in time to say goodbye.Daniel hasn’t had a roof over his head for years, but to him the city of London feels like home in a way that no bricks and mortar ever did. He spends every day searching for his daughter; the daughter he has never met. Until now . . .
 
Heart-wrenching and life-affirming, this is a unique story of love lost and found, of rootlessness and homecoming and the power of the ties that bind.It is a story for fathers and daughters everywhere.



 
 
 
Review
 
There are many things I have learnt about love; things that usually have me hating men or hating myself – so nothing really positive in some of my experiences. 

During the weeks of final honours assignment, I clung to this book like it was the life force of my literary mind, something to stop my mind from completely dissolving into oblivion and costing sheets.

Sarah Butler takes you like a naughty school child and drags you through London, your eyes wide with wonder – looking through the window into someone else’s life, she shows you a way you’d never 1) see London 2) see characters.

We meet Alice in the doorway of her dying father’s room, as she clings to the bits of resented childhood, full of blame and guilt after losing her mother, Alice is forced back home after years of running from a failed relationship, and – in some ways – a failed family.

Sliced between Alice’s hardships of dealing with death and her sisters, we meet Daniel – a tramp. Daniel is searching for his daughter; a daughter he has never met and knows exists.
Now I wish I could tell you that Sarah Butler waves her magic wand and all is well in the world of book – but alas, books that deal with tragedy always win. Books like these are far and few – good thing too, because you’d find me clinging to my Father’s leg weeping for days on end, and what use would I be then.  

I loved this – for those who want to fall in love with books, read this.

10 THINGS I LEARNT ABOUT READING WHILE READING TEN THINGS I’VE LEARNT ABOUT LOVE BY SARAH BUTLER

 

1. I love reading – more for what I can take away from the book than the actual experience
2. I’ll give this book to every reader I know
3. If I wrote a book, it would have to be like this one
4. I want a finished copy of this book
5. Sarah Butler should write something else – I want more
6. Alice is the most self deprecating character I know
7. I wouldn’t have stayed like Alice did
8. Daniel needs a bath – I could smell him off the pages
9. I am grateful for my Dad, even though he irritates me with wild notions and bad jokes
10. I’ll read this again next year

 


About the Author

Sarah Butler is in her early thirties and lives in Manchester. She runs a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. She has been writer in residence on the Central Line, the Greenwich Peninsula, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has taught creative writing for the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love is her first novel, and will be published in twelve languages around the world. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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