Last week I handed in my final piece of work for my MA in Creative Writing! A 40,000 manuscript, 40,000 words which I had poured my heart and soul into for five months.
I spent most of the last month sat at my desk, but I did manage to read a few books. The novesl I read were all ones along the same themes that I was writing about (relationships, the past and friendship) in order to try and understand how these authors did it!
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
I read this on holiday in Cornwall and it is the ideal beach read. Nice and easy, Sweet Sorrow is about the teenage romance between Charlie and Fran set the backdrop of a amateur dramatic performance of Romeo and Juliet. A tragicomedy on first love that we can all relate to, David Nicholl’s draws on nostalgia to bring the point home.
Expectation by Anna Hope
Expectation follows the friendship of three young women. Beginning in their early twenties the novel takes us to ten years later where none of their lives have lived up to their expectations and in reality, each hungers for what the others have.
A lovely portrayal of female friendships and ageing, Expectation is very moving. As I start to move into my mid-twenties (agh!) and think about my expectations for the future, I felt very connected with this novel.
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
”Ordinary People? Haven’t you already read that?” Despite having quite similar names Ordinary People by Diana Evans is very different to Normal People. A study of friendship, parenthood and affairs, Ordinary People is about two 30-something middle class couples in London.
A study of friendship, parenthood and affairs, Ordinary People is about two 30-something middle class couples in London. Set against the backdrop of Obama’s historic win, the novel quietly tells the story of lives lost and the need re-find yourself.
The Past by Tessa Hadley
My tutor recommend this book over the summer and I can completely see why. A beautifully written novel about a family on holiday explores all the depths and complications of human emotion. Tessa Hadley has a unique talent of showcasing family drama with such psychological surety. I can’t wait to read more Tessa Hadley.