Alison Jameson grew up on a farm in the Irish Midlands, a secluded and beautiful place that continues to inspire her work. She is the bestselling author of This Man and Me, which was nominated for the IMPAC Literary Award, and Under My Skin. Her third novel, Little Beauty was published by Doubleday Ireland in 2013.
An English and History Graduate of University College Dublin. She worked in advertising for many years before becoming an author. Home is Dublin where she lives with her husband and son.
Information On Book
On the day Midge O’Connor comes hurtling into Bird Keegan’s life, she flings open his small, quiet world. He and his two sisters, Olive and Margaret, have lived in the same isolated community all their lives, each one more alone than the others can know.
Taking in damage, sharped-edged Midge, Bird invites the scorn of his neighbours and siblings. And as they slowly mend each other, family binds – and the tie of the land – begin to weigh down on their tentative relationship. Can it survive the misunderstandings, contempt and violence of others?
A poignant and powerful study of the emotional lives of three siblings and the girl who breaks through their solitude.
Extract From Book
‘They say drowning is one of the easiest ways to go’ Midge said and she was still on the ice but her hands were in her pockets and she was looking out towards the islands and the deeper water now as if that was her future.
Bird did not reply but a thin vein of fear ran through him. The girl was in particular mood and he was worried about her. He felt like grabbing her and pulling her back but something stopped him. He did not want to show his own sudden panic, the terror he felt of losing her.
They did not speak for a moment and Bird heard an owl whistling. God’s creatures, he thought. Out on the coldest of nights, a sweep of wings then as the owl descended to a mouse in a field, already dead and frozen.’
‘Her voice was raspy and wet from the cold of the water, her Irish accent still peculiar as it echoed around the tree lined valley. Michael fell first and then the woman, her red hair lifting upwards in a sudden umbrella on the surface of the water and then Midge knew what had happened, knew immediately that the woman’s older boys were missing, that they had strayed past the hidden shelf, perhaps following Midge out to where she was swimming.’
This is the first book I have read by Alison. Initially, I was completely sucked in by the book. However, when the book split and Midge moved (I do not want to give too much away), I felt it was rushed and there was so much missed and I just wanted to learn more – that is how much the book sucked me in. I felt a little empty and dissatisfied as there was so much detail at the beginning of the book and towards the conclusion this was lacking.The story line is gripping at the beginning, however, part two could have easily been a separate book.
With regardsthe characters, I felt they needed more detail as the impression I had was these characters were incredibly complex. They were a little two dimensional and lacking in emotion.
It has not put me off from reading any further books by Alison. Remember, this is my views and you may enjoy the book more then I did and be left feeling something different. That is the joy of reading books, everyone feels different things.
Book Release Date 8 June 2017
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Many thanks to Penguin Random House and Alison Jameson