14 July 2014
I was thrilled to hear that another of my friends had written and published a book. That is genuinely thrilled, not sarcastically thrilled.
I've written two chapters towards my novel, and that's all. Seeing friends get off their backsides - or rather stay on their backsides - and get writing makes me happy and inspires me too.
I met Emily Organ many years ago, through blogging. Her blog posts are always thoughtful, amusing and well-written. As she is one of my favourite writers, I couldn't wait to read her first novel.
The Last Day is about a man called George. He has known the date of his death (12 September 1985) since he was a boy. As the novel progresses though this day, secrets are revealed. We learn more about George, and the people in his life, as the plot twists and turns throughout the day.
The characters are all well-rounded and strong. It took me a while to warm to George, but by the end I really cared what happened to him.
What I particularly loved was the sense of time and place Emily evokes. The 80's cultural references are spot on. Her descriptions of the town setting are strong and you can feel the impact of the environment on the characters.
The pace of the novel is excellent. You're kept guessing right up to the end. I couldn't put it down.
If you like Kate Atkinson's novels, I think you'll like The Last Day.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Day. Such a relief to enjoy the book when you know the author...
You can find The Last Day on Emily Organ's author page on Amazon.