Tuesday 23 June 2015

Book Review: A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

TitleA Year of Marvellous Ways
AuthorSarah Winman
Published: 18th June 2015
Publisher: Headline


Having adored Sarah's debut When God Was A Rabbit to the point where I bought a brand new copy when mine was near on destroyed, I obviously could not wait to get my hands on her latest A Year of Marvellous Ways.

The cover of this book is utterly delightful. The colours of blue and orange together look beautiful and the fireflies over the lake make this a stunning cover.

It has been quite a while since I have come across magical realism in the books I have been reading, so to come across it in Sarah's latest book was true joy. She really has made A Year of Marvellous Ways nothign short of magical and you get the sense of it whilst reading.
When I first started reading this, I was unsure what the title could mean, but very quickly came to reaslise that Marvellous Ways is the highly endearing main character. I took to her instantly, I loved her eccentric ways and different way of looking at life. You can't help but like her. As we slowly unravel her life, we get a beautifully sad story that leads up to her present day solitary life int he aftermath of World War Two, that is until Francis Drake arrives and she slowly helps him to heal a broken heart.

Sarah's writing has always been different, but I really like her style. The unusualness of it adds to the enjoyment of reading. This is however a book that is not to be rushed. The way it is written forces you to take your time over it. This is definitely one of those stories to be savoured. I can however see where other readers could get frustrated if they are not used to it, but please persevere!

Although I still enjoyed this and loved how magical it was to read, When God Was A Rabbit is still my favourite out of the two.


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