It is set in 1988, a time before mobile phones!
This one has taken on the subject of homelessness as the setting for murder plus the people who exploit the homeless for their own ends, in this case a drugs trial.
All the usual characters appear in the book, with some new ones. Kinsey finds she has family on her dad’s side which she knew nothing about.
There are several parts to the story which are interweaved until eventually they all link up together.
Lots of excitement & well worth reading.
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I never thought I’d do this – but I’ve actually read and enjoyed a poetry book!
Letford is a Scottish roofer turned poet. I loved the language and tone. I was imagining the cast of Still Game in my head until I discovered you can hear the author read at http://www.carcanet.co.uk/data/audio/audio82.mp3 .
I laughed most at ‘It’s aboot the labour’ and ‘Moths’ and the wise words of ‘Be prepared’.
Here’s a taster of how fab these poems are…
‘It’s aboot the labour’
heh Casey did I tell ye a goat
a couple of poems published
This novel is full of lots of grizzly detail so beware if you are squeamish!
DI Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. The terrible abuse he suffered in childhood hasn’t stopped him enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters, or pursuing an impressive career with South London’s Murder Investigation Unit. But it has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others – a darkness he recognises still exists deep within his own psyche and battles to keep buried there.
A series of brutal killings leaves South London’s Murder Investigation Unit struggling to connect the crimes: no recognizable method; no forensic evidence; and the victims have nothing in common.
What I liked most about this novel was that you get to follow two strands to the story – one with DI Corrigan and the other – the killer. I thought I knew how it was going to end but I was pleasantly surprised by the twist! Great writing! I’ve now requested the second title in the series The Keeper
Very slow, but staying with it I realised it had to be this way and the beauty of it began to unfold almost like the making of the garden itself. Such wonderful descriptions, which transport the reader into a different world.
I found it beautiful, heartbreaking, and disturbing at times, but I loved this story.
The author teaches you so much e.g Tattooing (Horimonas -full body ), Woodblock prints, Tea, Japanese Gardens and their history etc.
Such mixed emotions , as well about the various characters and the awful time Yun Ling spent in the Japanese camp, her devotion and love for the sister she left behind.
One of my favourite parts was Tatsuji, the Kamikaze pilot ,who tells Yun Ling of his experiences flying and of the love between he and his commanding officer. So poignant was this , it brought tears to my eyes.
“Though the water has stopped flowing, we still hear the whisper of its name”. Such a clever, brilliant line .
John Tradescant and his son John junior are remembered now as discoverers of new and exotic plant species, but in their day were gardeners and garden designers to the aristocracy of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. As you would expect from Philippa Gregory, there is plenty of human interest in the story of Tradescant and his family, as well as an ordinary working-mans perspective on the historical events of the time.
Some group members struggled to make sense of Tradescant’s “all-compelling devotion to his master at the cost of his family’s affection and well-being” and we wondered why the element of a love affair between Tradescant and his last employer was introduced as this didn’t seem to sit within the rest of the story and is unlikely to be a matter of historical record.
We all, including those who were reading it for the second time, enjoyed this book and are pleased that Gregory has written a sequel – The Virgin Earth – detailing the adventures of John Tradescant junior.
Reviewed by Diss Library reading group
It’s clear from this book cover – the font, the bright flowers – that this memoir, ‘a mother’s journey through loss’, is not your average ‘misery memoir’. ’5,742 Days’ is a beautifully written account of a mother’s grief in the days and months directly following the death of her daughter, Martha, aged 15. Anne-Marie Cockburn turned to writing within hours of Martha’s death, recording her feelings ‘as a way to channel her shock and try to make sense of the tragic loss of her only child’.
This woman’s story is remarkable. She sees writing as a way to help other people as well as help herself through the hardest of experiences. Her writing reveals the extent of her suffering but also of her human strength and resilience. There is sometimes laughter too, and she creates the most colourful, personal and moving tributes and rituals to celebrate her daughter’s life and mark milestones along the path of her grief. The book documents her struggles and the very difficult days, but often too how she bolsters herself and refuses to let negative thoughts take over. This book presents a unique perspective of grief and loss, challenges conventional attitudes around death and mourning, and is illuminating and inspiring.
The characterisation of them both was great, I could see them standing in front of me, liked the names too Cormoran & Robin!
The other characters came to life too as they were introduced & developed in the story, so good I disliked several immediately.
Once started I didn’t want to put the book down, the story gripped me from the beginning & built up with lots of twists & turns to a very good & satisfying climax.
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A coming of age novel with a sinister twist, as would be expected from this master story teller. College student Devin Jones takes on a summer job at the Joyland amusement park in order to forget the girl who broke his heart. However, Devin soon discovers that the park holds a dark secret, one that will change his life forever.
This is George Saunders’ most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection of short stories to date.
I think the critics sum up his writing better than I possible could…
Dazzingly surreal stories about a failing America (Sunday Times Must Reads)
Masterpieces of surrealist satire (Vanity Fair)
Gripping … Saunders takes a wry and uncompromising look at life in contemporary America, from everyday occurrences to the downright cruel and mind-boggling, providing quirky voices to bring his authentic stories to life. A strong collection from a master of the short story, it’s not one to be missed (Irish Examiner)
His sharp satire and visions of a dystopian future are tempered with warmth and humanity … Somehow, Saunders forces the reader to consider our dysfunctional world without ever preaching. Every page is packed with laughs; astute observations with deep implications are never far away either … This is a brilliant, trenchant and hilarious collection (Independent)
It’s all true and I think that’s why I enjoyed the stories so much!