book club - the beginning

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I am a book worm. Have been forever.

So when I moved to London four years ago I joined a book club. We are a small group of ladies who meet every four or five weeks to drink wine, eat cheese and to discuss and swap our latest reads.

It's the perfect book club for me because we don't all read the same book each month. There's no pressure to finish a book in time or read something you really just don't want to. But I have read lots and lots of books over the last few years that I never would have chosen myself. Really good books.

I'm a wee bit sad that I haven't kept a list of them all, so now I'm going to start... here on my blog.

So without further ado, my most recent read is:

if nobody speaks of remarkable things
by Jon McGregor

if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor

My review:

Reading if nobody speaks of remarkable things was a bit like watching a car crash in slow motion, and being transfixed to the spot to see how the story might play out.

The structure of the book is really different to most I've read before - alternating between 'a day in the past life' of a suburban British street and the people that live on it, and the present day of the leading female character as she struggles with some recent personal news.

The majority of the characters are nameless, and you're left to recognise them by the on-going descriptions throughout the book, which are beautifully captured in small snippets as the story unfolds.

It's not until the very end of if nobody speaks of remarkable things that the story of what happened that day in the suburban street fully unfolds. I found this quite hard during the first half when I just wanted to know what was going on. But the further in I got the more absorbed I became with the poetic descriptions of the characters, their thoughts, actions and feelings.

3/5 claire stars

If you're interested you can buy if nobody speaks of remarkable things on Amazon here.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this review! I really should join a book club, they sound fun :) x

    1. You should - they are a great way to meet people (and books). It's lovely having a wine and cheese date every month.

  2. This sounds like a lovely arrangement :-)