Watching Charlotte Brontë Die by Ellie Stevenson
An inherited garden shed, a storm-battered Channel island, a smokers’ room, a terrace behind an average house, a flowery sofa, a countryside bus, a tree in a park, and last but not least, a Cathedral Library… mystery does arise in many different places in this collection of 9 stories from somewhat intriguing realities.
Be prepared for the unexpected.
Ellie Stevenson takes her readers deep into the heart of her characters. They come from walks of life as far apart as the bullied carer and the literary researcher; one thing they seem to have in common, though, they are insistent in their search for happiness. Some of them achieve their goal better than others, but each story creates room for unsettling questions.
My favourite story from this collection must be the one of Anna Grail, the girl with a fondness for tractor driving. You cannot avoid loving her and cheering her on her way.
It is a bit hard to not read all the stories in one go, but it is recommended. Perhaps you should leave the light on, in the hallway.
‘Watching Charlotte Brontë Die’ was published on 10 Jan 2013 at Rosegate Publications
It is available on Amazon, as a Kindle edition and now also as a paperback version.
One day, my hero in the setting sunlight
One day, I’ll jump on my horse
then I’ll dump paper and pen by the shore
Prince on my island,
if then I light enormous bonfires
and go chasing the wind in the plains
drowning out thunderstorms
then, sweet friend
I’ll be faster than you
And when by the mountain’s foot
I stop to catch my breath
find my own source‘s
I’ll then embrace
horizons you shall never see.
The Friday Gospels by Jenn Ashworth
A most intriguing storyline set in an off-beat environment. Jenn Ashworth gives a compelling insight into the minds of 5 different members of one family. The background culture, for most people unfamiliar, of a Mormon community, has a strange way of tricking the reader into believing to see reasons for behaviour patterns and quite gently destroying this idea again. It could have happened anywhere, or could it?
It’s a gem of a novel, the kind of book that makes you feel that you have done something very worthwhile with your time.
The story focuses on one Friday in a family of Lancastrian Mormons. They are expecting the return of their son Gary from his deployment as a missionary. It is supposed to become the perfect family event. However, nothing works to plan. In turn, parents and offspring share their thoughts with the reader. Teenager Jeannie doesn’t find her life easy at all; the oldest son, Julian, can’t fit in and dreams of odd escape routes; Martin, the father, seems to have lost his ways; and ‘golden boy’ Gary isn’t very sure of himself at all. The day moves on and nothing becomes easier. Is hell going to break loose amongst Latter Day Saints? Lots of black humour and surprising side effects from the Mormon way of life create an arresting tale of human unpredictabilities.