An absolutely incredible concept brought to life by a stunning new voice in literature. I simply could not put this book down, I had to live in this world as much as possible. We get to know our two protagonists so utterly completely, as they live their lives, but differently, over and over again. This novel has time travel, mystery, exploration of self, and at its heart, true love. Just the best kind of storytelling. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
An exquisitely beautiful, poetic book that explores the connection between human and nature. In this case, specifically the ancient oak tree. Canton asks what it is that makes our bond with the ancient woodland such a special one; is it the history they are imbued with; is it being in counsel with an ancient being; or is it the hormonal response to being with the tree that naturally calms us; or is it all of those things. Keep this one by your bedside to dip in and out of, just tremendous! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
A new voice in literary fiction, and a worthy winner of the Man Booker Prize. Stuart brings alive an era and place that is rarely written about, that of a 1980’s working class Scotland, specifically Glasgow, and highlights many of the hardships that those living there experienced.
We see the world through the eyes of a growing Shuggie, and for most of his young life, his world is his mother. Unfortunately for Shuggie, his mother is plagued by a cruel sickness, that of alcoholism, and this shadows, and complicates, the young boy's life. Beautifully written, and profoundly sad, this is a book about the human condition and I recommend it wholeheartedly. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
I was completely captivated by Ash’s stunning writing, and the tremendous sense of place it gave me. When Ash moves to Cornwall from London, she explores the traditions and lives of the fishing community that has shaped this part of the world, discovering the ways, and struggles, they keep this industry and way of life alive. Ash begins to take rides on several different fishing vessels, and explores the uniqueness of them, and also the mindset and comradery of the men that work on them. This book is a tremendous body of research and insight into a way of life that may be in its twilight years. Excellent. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
“Ghostways holds a hagstone up to landscape, and shows the skulls beneath its skin.”
A stunning work in two halves.
Ness reads like an epic narrative poem of old, looking through time at a place's past lives, as nature claims it back.
Holloway follows one of the old paths of Britain, a part of landscape trodden into a groove by centuries of use, and the feeling of stepping back in time it evokes.
These two tales are poetic and evocative, and this is only heightened by the amazing artwork of Stanley Donwood. A gem. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty