While browsing Amazon one evening, I came across this book by chance. It had the weirdest title, and it was based close to where I live. So, I decided to give it a go. Its a short story and its free to download from Amazon.
Ewan should not have accepted a lift to Glasgow from The Professor. He had bought a train ticket, had brought a packed lunch – he had been all set. All he had needed to say was ‘No’. Two letters.
Instead he nodded his head gratefully to The Professor’s kind offer. Now he’s driving down the ferry’s ramp, ready for the 96 mile (96.2, actually) journey from Mull to Glasgow on Burns Night Eve, sat next to a bagpipe-playing, kilt-wearing, adulterous, foul-mouthed Scot . . . in the snow. Buckle up!
Published January 21st 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Well, you may say this has a strange title! It also has a very strange content. It was a good short read, I was mostly interested because I knew exactly the route that this journey was taking.
“..down the Rest and Be Thankful, that mountainous stretch of barren road that joined the A82 to Loch Lomond..”
Throughout the short read, I was wondering to myself how the Author was going to bring in each part of the title…. and he did, in the strangest way. Often vulgar and disturbing, but entertaining!
We follow Ewan and Lachlan, two Scottish men on their unexpected journey together. My take on the characters is that neither of them are your average person, both are quirky! (to put it mildly).
If you don’t mind a bit of bad language and vulgarity, give this book a go. Its free at the time of me posting this. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
I love to read a short story or a novella every once in a while. I like to have a beginning, a middle and an end that I can finish in a day or two. I can’t have that with a full length book. So when I found The Little Things, (at the time it was free on Amazon) I was rather happy to download it straight away. I have just written a mini review on this book, as its a novella and sometimes a mini review is just enough. 😉
At twenty-eight, Hannah MacFarlane’s career is on course to smash the glass ceiling and beat it into submission.
Then a shock company reshuffle leaves her sacked and bewildered, while her fiancé is promoted into a job nearly 5,000 miles away in Dubai.
Five months later, she is jobless, broke and worryingly addicted to Loose Women. Then her older sister Suzy intervenes after her child minder left them in the lurch and offers Hannah the job of looking after her FOUR young children.
Hannah has no other option but to accept. But while she was great at playing ‘Cool Auntie’, she soon discovers – with riotous consequences – that she is no Mary Poppins . . .
This was a great little novella, I read it whilst traveling down to see my Mum on the train. So my journey passed very pleasantly with this to keep me amused.
I found this book to be packed full of great characters and a mix of emotions. The main character Hannah is relateable, funny and a great character.
From my experiences of working with Autistic children, I found it so funny and could really imagine myself in Hannah’s position. For example, when she is strapping her nephew into the car and he screams:
“HELLLLPPPP! which must give passers-by the strong impression that he’s being kidnapped”
The book often gave me thoughts of the saying ‘from the mouths of babes’. The Author was great at getting each character just right, from the lovely main character Hannah, to her dubious boyfriend, right down to her boisterous nephews. Leo says:
“If you die……, will you leave me your ipad?”
Overall, I enjoyed this quick read, it made me laugh, emphathise with Hannah, and passed my train journey pleasantly. I recommend it to you.
Have you read this book, do you want to? Have you read other books from Jane Costello, let me know any recommendations you have of this Author or of other short stories or novellas. I’d love to hear from you, so please leave your thoughts below, or find me on Twitter @chocolate_pages