Next up in my series of interviews with literary/creative folk is Rebecca Mascull. Rebecca’s debut novel , The Visitors, was released earlier this year about a deaf-blind girl and some spooky goings-on in Victorian England.
She’s appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival where she’s also…
To celebrate the paperback publication tomorrow of ‘Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase’, I’ve interviewed the lovely Louise Walters about the book.
This dual-narrative novel follows present-day Roberta - who works in a bookshop and finds letters and cards inside the old books – and 1940s Dorothy who meets a Polish pilot during the Battle of Britain. Secrets from the past resurface chapter by chapter as the relationship between Roberta and Dorothy is gradually revealed. The lives of these two women and the conflict between their inner feelings and the outer world – and for both, a reluctance to fully engage with that outer world, looking in from outside, always on the edge of things – are beautifully rendered by the writer. Traditional aspects of women’s lives - such as childbirth, relationships with parents, marriage, adultery, cookery and laundry – are explored in a sensitive and careful way, all the while the central mystery unfolding and drawing the reader onwards. I particularly enjoyed the scenes between Dorothy and Jan, her Polish pilot, which achieved a kind of timeless quality which I did not want to end and was eager to return to. I’m trying to avoid giving away any plot spoilers, but suffice to say there is a central scene recollected by Dorothy – told in flawless stream of consciousness – which was devastating and harrowing to read, brilliantly done – you’ll know what I mean when you get there. The characters will live on long in the memory, and the scenes in Dorothy’s kitchen and in the fields surrounding her farm are etched in my mind. A lovely book, touching and very moving.
Since the paperback of THE VISITORS came out the other week, I’ve been tidying up my website with some new links to articles and reviews.
See the other pages on this site for all sorts of information on THE VISITORS and other aspects of writing and reading:
- CONTACT/LINKS is where you’ll find loads of online articles by me & interviews, as well as who to call if you want a review copy, author appearances etc.
- THE VISITORS tells you about the ideas behind the book and there are links to plenty of the latest online reviews so you can see what other people thought of the book.
- READING MATTERS and WRITING TIPS offer my thoughts on books and how to structure them.
- IMAGES shows pictures of some of the elements that have influenced THE VISITORS.
Thanks for reading. :-)
August 27th 6.30-7.30pm Waterstones Lincoln High Street - I’ll be there - will you?! All you need do is pop into the shop and reserve your ticket or telephone 01522 540011 to have a ticket put aside for you.
There’ll be a reading from THE VISITORS, author Q & A, paperback book sales and an opportunity to have your book signed by the author.
So, come to the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln, talk books a while and get the perfect summer read or gift for a friend. Hope to see you there.
9th August 1 - 3pm I’ll be at Waterstones in Grimsby, signing copies of the newly released paperback of THE VISITORS. Come along and get your copy signed with a personal message. Perfect summer read or presents for friends and family.
Unit G - Baxtergate
Telephone: 01472 353212
Hope to see you there. :-)
Details of an evening author event at Lincoln Waterstones later in August coming up soon…