Saturday, 1 November 2014



Persephone Books recently listed this as one of the 50 books they wish they'd published themselves, which is why I picked it up at the library despite the unpromising cover. They even said it should be on the Booker longlist.

Perhaps I should have trusted my instincts about the cover. It's chick-lit with pretensions. Topping my 2014 list of books I wish I hadn't wasted time on.

Unfortunately, it was the only book I'd shoved in my handbag when I was away on a work trip earlier this week. Although I suppose the advantage of not giving two hoots about silly plot or characters is that you can pick it up and put it down again without caring a jot when you're interrupted.

5 comments:

Cosy Books said...

Doesn't really look like a 'Mary' book but good for you for being open minded...and honest.
Just read your previous post about glorious weather in London...we had snow today! Wish I were over on your side...

Sue said...

My advice, always judge a book by its cover.

mary said...

I agree, I should have known better! Complete tosh.
Can't believe you have snow already, Darlene!

Vintage Reading said...

I thought it was odd that the Persephone praised this book so much and made a snarky comment about Karen Joy Fowler's brilliant new book. Still, my love affair with Persephone ended quite a while ago!

mary said...

It was a strange recommendation, Nicola. 50 books we wished we'd published, my *!*!
I do find the Persephone letter royal we rather irritating.