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Musing Mondays (September 2)

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• What you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing

I am currently re-reading A Funeral for an Owl by Jane Davis. Why am I reading this again?

Well I’m really excited; the book is due to be published at Christmas time (hence why there is no book cover for this one) and Jane has agreed to do an interview with me on my blog! Now I know lots of you do this sort of thing regularly but it is my first time so I want to ask the right questions so I’m reading it with that in mind now.

Jane has amazed me again by coming up with an entirely different type of book from a subject matter viewpoint although the writing still immediately draws you into the storyline. This book-to-be starts with a playground fight, a teacher getting injured and a compelling back-story of a bright boy born on the wrong side of the tracks (literally). If that has whetted your appetite come back for the full review in December.

Jane’s first book Half-Truth and White Lies was a worthy winner of the Daily Mail/Transworld First Novel Award. There is nothing of the novice about her technique, which shows all the confidence of a natural-born writer. (John Harding, Daily Mail) in 2008. I read and reviewed this on Amazon in 2010 and got a reply from Jane which started our correspondence.
Jane kindly gave me a preview of I Stopped Time a long time before it was published and I fell in love with it. This book reminded me of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore in this dual-time novel with a focus on photography.

“Three. I have three stories,” Lottie Parker tells her solicitor while putting her affairs in order. “But it was Oscar Wilde who said that a story is almost certainly a lie.”

Since then I have read her latest novel These Fragile Things that is set in Streatham in the 1980’s

“Would you risk ridicule and scorn – knowing others besides yourself will be affected – to voice a seemingly impossible claim?
How would you react if your daughter claimed to be seeing visions?
What if you and your wife couldn’t agree whether to support her or to demand a medical explanation?
What then?”

I have to admit the subject matter could have put me off if I didn’t trust the author to tell a good story and I wasn’t disappointed.

So I’m back to reading the manuscript of A Funeral for an Owl so I can do the author justice in my very first interview!
Did I also tell you I’m mentioned in the acknowledgements so my name will be in print!

Christmas present

This is one of the best Christmas presents ever!!!

Reviews for Jane Davis

 

Half-truths and White Lies
These Fragile Things
I stopped time

Jane is looking for advance reviewers and posted the following comment

If any of you would like to be advance reviewers of a Funeral for an Owl please get in touch as I’m trying to get a bit of momentum going! (Cleo has beaten me to it.) You can contact me via my website or on janerossdale@btinternet.com. You can also read extracts of my other books there. Jane