Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? This is the question asked by this exquisite novel. Set in the early twentieth century, this is a story about family ties, love, death and fate.  Atkinson shows how a story can have an infinite number possible endings as she narrates the life of Ursula Todd over and … Continue reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

I loved Faulks’ ‘Birdsong’, which I read years ago, and I was expecting something with the same intensity and emotion from this one. The blurb certainly suggested that the same themes were there and it promised to compel me, but instead I was left feeling a little disappointed by his latest novel. I found the main character, Robert Hendricks, quite hard to understand. The book narrates … Continue reading Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

Birdy by William Wharton

I really enjoyed this novel – I think it’s brilliant. I’ve been meaning to read it for ages as my Mum recommended it and it turns out it’s pretty relevant to what I’ll be studying at uni this year too. ‘Birdy’ tells the story of two friends’ experiences of the Second World War and how brutally they are affected, both physically and mentally. The novel also … Continue reading Birdy by William Wharton