And This is True

This debut novel came to me via Ali Smith who presented an exciting threesome of new talent at Cambridge’s Literary Festival WordFest in April 2010. the titles grabbed me as did the author’s reading; delivered with conviction, energy and verve. the story is set in Scotland and follows a young boy who’s life is turned upside down when forced to stop living alone with his father in a van and has to consider the realities of fixed abodes and other people.  this book held me tight with its punchy, raw and wise-to-itself prose. the characters a delightfully oddball combination of as the boy denies his transition from his happy eternal present to a less appealing life where the future must be considered i too am left wondering. endings are indeed a tricky business. that said i thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to her next.

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