With a last post on her own blog, Jessica Norrie who has written the Literary Column on Smorgasbord for the last year, shares her standout books for 2018.. with authors Andrew Miller, Guy Gunaratne, Sarah Moss and Shirley Jackson…I have definitely earmarked them to read. Please head over to read the entire post and leave your comments for Jessica there.. Many thanks Sally.
Oddly I wasn’t asked by the Guardian, the Observer etc to review my books of the year. I’ll ignore the snub and proceed anyway.
My runaway favourite was Ghost Wallby Sarah Moss. It’s a short novel, probably a novella. But Moss packs in enough themes, informations, emotions and landscape for her book to resonate way beyond the time it takes to read. As a reader with a dreadful tendency to skim, I was forced to concentrate on every word, lest I miss something important, or beautiful, or poignant, or funny, or all of those. Silvie is the teenage daughter of an obsessive amateur historian. She and her long suffering mother accompany him to enactments of Ancient British life, along with a gullible, irresponsible professor and his wiser students. The violence in their way of life builds among the flora (is it poisonous?) and fauna (can they trap or spear it?) of…
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