This is a story of awakening and discovery as Miss Pettigrew becomes a real-life Cinderella who has been gifted 24 hours to live a life she had never before dreamed of but embraces whole heartedly.
Jane Austen died at the young age of 41 about 200 years ago in July. She has influenced writers down the ages and given untold pleasure to readers such as me. In honor of her short — but creative and influential — life, this Weekend Wander is dedicated to all things Austen.
This is not a story full of dramatic incident; it is in fact rather understated -- and probably all the better for it. The intrigue comes from the carefully drawn characters, the attention to detail, and the care with which the story is told.
While this book clearly documents the trials and tribulations of running, it also documents the pure pleasure that can be gained from slipping on a pair of trainers and setting off.
This novel was long listed for the Man Booker Prize last year and has received many other worthy accolades. Here in my humble opinion is why.
Rachel Joyce has a skill for understanding the best of human nature. 'The Music Shop' shows she also has an ability to write about music in such a way that the pages almost sing with the joy of it. Surely this ability can only come from a true music lover?
To be among creative women and women who love and appreciate the power of the written word is a powerful thing in itself.
I would say to read this book. It may make you despair, but it may also make you think sensibly about your own future or the future of those you love.