We read this book in our bookclubs for March and I wanted to tell you just how amazing most of us thought this book was. Two of the three goups thought unanimously it was one of the best books they had read for a long time, and a couple of ladies said it was among their best books ever. The third group had a couple of dissenters which wasn’t to do with the writing, but to do with the subject matter. I go along with most of you – it is truly a brilliant book, wonderfully written, with a lot in it to talk about. Which lie out of a number we all mentioned was the book named for. This book has also made a surprising number want to read more of Dunmore’s work. And that’s always a good sign.
I don’t know if you’ve ever read Valerie Martin’s books. She won the Orange Prize a couple of years ago for Property, and writes brilliantly. Her latest book, The Ghost of Mary Celeste, is fabulous. It’s based on the story of the ghost ship, the Mary Celeste, which was found floating mid Atlantic, abandoned, the crew having taken to a lifeboat. Martin expertly weaves in Arthur Conan Doyle, the Victorian era of spiritualism and a wonderful heroine. It’s a great story, beautifully written.