Now I know When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman is a bit last year but being a working parent it takes me about a year to catch up. I also (like most of the world) have to wait for things to come out in paperback and hence for the price to fall on Amazon Kindle before I will purchase - can't afford to pay the newly published prices. So I have finally got around to reading it - and what a read.
It sums up an era I recognise perfectly. For anyone who shouted out the prizes on the conveyor belt while watching The Generation Game or remembers a parent diligently filling in the football pools then this book will transport you back. It's a book about family relationships, family secrets, the bond between brother and sister and about starting over. It's about love in many forms and friendship and loyalty. Its a quick read - I couldn't put it down. Some people have criticised it for being too difficult to follow and over wordy - I didn't find this to be the case at all, and I have the concentration of a gnat especially while reading on the tube.
From Essex then Cornwall, taking in New York and 9/11 this book takes in the fortunes of Elly and Joe and her former best friend Jenny Penny. It has eccentric characters, a dark storyline, and I think will grab you and stay with you for a long time after you have read it, it's that sort of book.