The Last of the Greenwoods Paperback – 9 August 2018
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About the Author
Clare Morrall's first novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was published in 2003 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize that year. She has since published the novels Natural Flights of the Human Mind, The Language of Others, The Man Who Disappeared, which was a TV Book Club Summer Read in 2010, The Roundabout Man and After the Bombing.
Born in Exeter, Clare Morrall now lives in Birmingham. She works as a music teacher, and has two daughters.
- Publisher : Sceptre (9 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473649188
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473649187
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm
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It is always difficult to define just what it is that makes a novel into a brilliant journey that you can invest time in ~ it is a secret that only novelists of this calibre truly understand; there is a truthfulness in the writing; a credibility and there is a wondrous imagination that captures the reader from the offset.
Discovering the Greenwood brothers in their abandoned railway carriages is so intriguing and when the letter (reminded me of Forster's "muddle") arrives as a catalyst that will reignite the brothers curiosity ~ almost as if some invisible hands turns their clockwork keys~ and off you go into a wonderful story full of deceptively easy prose that will have the reader discovering the alternative to the telly!!
The story moves at a fairly leisurely pace, so if you're a fan of high-octane thrillers it might not be for you. I found Zohra, the young postwoman, the most engaging character. The two brothers living in the railway carriages didn't initially interest me as much, but as the story progressed I realised there was a lot more to them than initially appeared.
I enjoyed the Worcestershire (Bromsgrove) setting as I know the area quite well, and the story kept me guessing to the end. I am not sure this novel will become a classic, but it was certainly a very enjoyable read.
This is a quietly enjoyable book - it trundles along rather like a pleasant train journey, with secrets and hidden stories gradually revealing themselves as we travel on. The characters are all engaging enough, and there’s enough action to keep you reading, but enough inner monologue and ponderings on the nature of the human spirit to make it seem quite a relaxed book too. Nicely written and very enjoyable.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!