February / March
So here are my favourite reads for February and March. As usual, no spoilers!
Flea's, 'Acid For The Children' I first read in November and deserved a second attention. It is beautifully written, poetic even, that tells of his somewhat disturbing childhood in LA. I so wanted to give the young boy a hug and tell him it would be ok ~ which indeed it turned out to be!
Kit De Waal's, The Trick to Time, will live with me for a long time. Beautifully written and achingly poignant as it deals with love, loss and grief.
Louise Hare's, This Lovely City, is a delightful, if at times the subject matter makes it a difficult read. Evocative of time and place, it was inspired by the 'Windrush generation,' and set in post war Britain. It tells the story of Lawrie Matthews, a postman by day and jazz musician by night. When he finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time, life will never be the same.
Ann Patchett's, The Dutch House, a story of, "Family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice." A story told over time, again evocative of time and place. The story draws the reader in alongside the beautifully drawn characters.