|Posted by lisahannah on January 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM|
Loneliness of a longdistance runner - vivid sense of place and historical context. Borstal is fleshed out as the narrator runs to escape his confinement and fox the Governor. Narrator that you buy into. Simple language and direct style. Three ice cream rating.
Kennedy's Children five ice creams. Well drawn, credible monologues. Distinctive voices from the period when Kennedy was assassinated in the US. Vietnam soldier is the most prominent and surprising, as he writes to his mother and reveals his drug use, lack of control and loss of conscience.
My first books of the new year are The King of Capri and Why be Happy when you could be Normal by Jeanette Winterson. Loaded with colour in the case of the King - beautiful illustrations to accompany the moral. And the autobiography exploring the intricacies of healing, self love and the power of parents. Five ice creams for Winterson overall - three for the children's book and five for the memoir.