Browsing in Galashiel’s last week before a hair cut I went into WH Smith to buy a drink and came out with said Irn Bru but also two books. And dear reader I read them both in a week.
The first book was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. “Mad About You” by Sinead Moriarty. It’s about a Irish mum who has to move to London from Dublin so her husband can coach London Irish. It’s about how they get stalked though its is obvious who the person is that doesn’t take away from the story. Especially as the characters you will have met in real life but Sinead exaggerates them and I found that really funny. Her mother is just hilarious. Her sister tells people things that I bet you’ve sometimes wanted to say but couldn’t but she does. She has one neighbour who is very eco-friendly grows her own veg, makes here own clothes and her own furniture. Beside her is a man-eater quite similar to Eddie in Absolutely Fabulous. All in all this is an easy to read book that made me laugh a lot and we all need that from time to time.
Book 38 is called “Dear Thing”. It’s about a single mum who decides to help her best friends by having a baby for them. So far so good but then she finds that she has feelings for the baby. Will she give the baby way or won’t she? All characters in the book like many of us have flaws and vulnerabilities but I liked them all. You are not sure till the end if she will or won’t give away the baby. Amongst many truths in the book these lines at the end of the book spoke to me
“You give birth to children so that they will go away from you. So that they’ll grow up and have their own lives with people they’ve chosen. It’s natural and the hurting is natural too.”
Sadly not all children grow up but they do all move slowly away from us from the minute they are born.
Two books that would be classed by literary critics as light reads but they had some great truths in them and I enjoyed them both. Even though I only went into the shop for Irn Bru.