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By Dakota.Me.UK, Jan 17 2016 10:00AM


We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler, Serpent’s Tail, 2014.


We are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a title which draws the reader in, and after the revelation on page 77 – no spoilers here – we see why.


At first it appears the novel will be a family focused tale, but there is so much more to it than that. The main focus is Rosemary and her siblings, but we eventually see there is more to this family set up than meets the eye. Both her brother and sister are not currently in her life, and as the novel unfolds, we see why.


Fowler’s book was nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2014, and it is certainly a unique read. As an animal lover it definitely focuses on issues that have been current for some time – sorry to be vague, again, avoiding spoilers!


We are All Completely Beside Ourselves is definitely one of a kind, while focusing on this particular family, reflects on humanity as a whole and what it means to be human. Recommended if you are looking for a novel unlike any other.


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By Dakota.Me.UK, Dec 20 2015 10:00AM

The Gift, Cecilia Ahern, Harper, 2010.


With Christmas approaching faster than we can keep track of, at dakota.me.uk we thought we would review a book which is especially poignant to read during the festive season. Cecilia Ahern is a writer who can do no wrong – there’s not been a book of hers so far we haven’t enjoyed.


The Gift features Lou Suffern, a man with plenty of money, but not enough of the greatest commodity which cannot be bought – time. Gabe is a homeless man who needs warmth and shelter. When fate throws them into each other’s paths, neither can guess the impact the other will have on their lives and those around them.


Lou has a busy job, and an even busier family life, and he cannot give attention to one without affecting the other. Gabe on the other hand is something of a mystery to him, especially as he seems to be able to be in two places at once.


Once Lou finds out Gabe’s secret he takes advantage of it, but is this really the solution? If you could duplicate yourself and get everything done would that really be the answer? We see the devastating consequences of living life in the fast lane, and this certainly reinforced to me what is important in life, and especially at Christmas time.


The Gift is a must for Cecilia Ahern fans, and even if you have never read any of her books, it’s the perfect time of year to get stuck in – you won’t regret it!


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