Last week I was pleased to borrow a recently acquired copy of Calamity in Kent by John Rowland from my local library. It’s one of over fifty books that have been published in the British Library Crime Classics series over the past few years.
Most of these books are by less familiar authors and haven’t been in print for many years so it’s good to see them being published again. I’ve only read a handful so have plenty to look forward to including several which are set at this time of year such as Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story by J Jefferson Farjeon.
Liz has recently read Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin.
When I remember I will write it down for you. These days…I have to put in requests to my brain, as one does at the library, and then a little worker takes my slip and disappears into the stacks. It may take him a while he always comes back with the goods. This is one of the best metaphors that I have read to describe memory loss and the ageing process.
The remark is made by an elderly neighbour to Marcus, an eleven year old boy who has been sent to live with a reclusive great-aunt and only surviving relative. The setting is an island with beach cottages off the South Carolina coast during the summer months where Marcus, in adapting to a different life experience, comes to terms with his own sorrows and confusions.
As in many of her books Godwin explores loss, grief and memory extraordinarily well in this short page-turner.
Do have a look at Cathy’s blog post Reading the Holidays which she did last week. As well as a lovely picture her second paragraph had me agreeing and smiling. You’ll also see that she’s reading a couple of Rachmal Crompton’s William books!
Happy reading, and have a good weekend!