It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Afterwards" by Rosamund Lipton

Hubby and I are just back from a fantastic weekend in Barcelona, and I'm working on some posts about that, but whilst I was there I managed to finish the last little bit of "Afterwards" by Rosamund Lipton.

I was hooked into this book after the first few pages, and that hasn't happened for a while.  I had read "Sister" by the same author last year, and I enjoyed it, but "Afterwards" is seriously good.

It's the story of the aftermath from a deliberately lit school fire.  The story is told by the subconscious of the mother and daughter, as they lay in hospital, unconscious, after the event.  It's quite hard to explain, so here's an extract, here's the blurb from the back of the book, and here's a link to Rosamund's web page.  There is a twist in the tale, so you have to stay reading to the end.

My US readers will be able to pick it up cheap from Amazon, but my European readers might not have tried yet - cheap books and free delivery.  I get all my books from

Has anyone else read anything good recently?  This morning, on the plane home, I started "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger - it's pretty good so far.


  1. Sounds interesting! Do you still have a copy of it? Could I borrow it? (I'm a fast reader if you need it back!)

  2. You're more than welcome to borrow it. Are you free for a bowl of noodles at Kitty's on Tuesday? We're rapidly running out of time before we leave to London for Christmas in the UK, but would love to catch up with you before we leave. I might be able to get Sonja, my other Canadian friend to come along too. Let me know.

  3. Totally hooked. Already 3/4 through. Also: this book is a good illustration of how British English is not the same as (North-)America English. I"m learning lots of fun expressions.

  4. Glad you're enjoying it! Am nearly finished "Her Fearful Symmetry" if you're interested in that next.


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