Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Our Beautiful Child

Congratulations to Annalisa Crawford on the publication, today, of...

         Publisher: Battered Suitcase Press
Available from Amazon

I'm always terrified about reviewing because I can never put into words why  I've enjoyed something. I feel what I'm reading, live between the pages, float off into another world... and that's definitely what happened while I was reading My Beautiful Child.

I LOVED these stories and have already read them twice. They positively delighted me! The three in this collection are linked by a pub, The Boathouse, although each is a perfectly formed tale on its own and each managed to surprise me with its twists and turns. The stories are moving and the characters fully formed, quirky and interesting; not a caricature  in sight. Annalisa’s style is easy to read – spare yet expressive and descriptive; the words flow easily from the page. Nothing is contrived. She delves into the dark recesses of human nature and writes a satisfyingly complete short story without any hint of ‘twee'. If you are not a fan of short stories, these will change your mind. If you love short stories, you won’t be disappointed!  

“The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.”

… so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know.

People end up in this town almost by accident. Ella is running away from her nightmares, Sally is running away from the memories of previous boyfriends and Rona is running away from university. Each of them seek sanctuary in the 18th century pub, The Boathouse; but in fact, that’s where their troubles begin.

I live in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep to keep me inspired. I live with my husband, two sons, a dog and a cat.
Despite my location, I neither surf nor sail, and have never had any inclination to try. I much prefer walking along a deserted beach and listening to the waves crashing over rocks. For this reason, I really love the beach in the winter!

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Kyra Lennon said...

I love this book! I can't wait to read it again!

Suzanne Furness said...

Looking forward to reading this one. Congrats Annalisa. Great review Linda.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Thank you so much Linda, I'm really happy that you enjoyed it :-)

(Currently biting my nails, waiting for it to go live on Amazon!!)

Murees Dupè said...

I can't wait to read it.

Patsy said...

Congratulations to Annalisa.

kjmckendry said...

Congratulations Annalisa! I love the premise of the three stories linked together! Can't wait to read it.

Misha Gerrick said...

Just love this cover, and really want to read the book. :-)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Yay for Annalisa!!