Book 45 -The Obituary Writer Lauren St John

I was trying to slow the pace of my reading down. But….read this book almost in one greedy gulp.

Lauren St John is a favourite author of my daughter. She has gulped down each and every book she has written and pre orders them in advance. So she was delighted when she saw Lauren St John was coming to the Borders Book Festival. That sealed the day we bought the family ticket.It was a fascinating talk about her up bringing in Zimbabwe and how she came to write. She mentioned during her talk that she had written an adult book. Book was noted in my notebook and bought for holiday reading. And like daughter like mother I read it in a gulp.

The Obituary Writer is about a man who is just that the obituary writer at the Times. We meet him in chapter one and I can’t say I’m drawn to him. But then he steps on a train it de-rails and he is the only one who walks away unhurt. Or are internal emotional scars just as bad?

His life unravels. In unravelling you actually get to know him better and I began to like him. Though what was happening to him was scary. You could call it your worst nightmares.

Nick takes flight and moves to a friend’s house in Cornwall. Meets a girl. Writes a book. All very idyllic. But it’s not quite like that. They have to face illness and the on going nightmares he suffers from. And just as you think it’s going to end happy ever after there is another twist.

Really enjoyed this book. Strong characters. Most to like some to detest. Disliked Nick in the opening chapter and for much of the first part of the book. Then as you go on a journey with him you grow to like him and care what happens.

I read this book on holiday on an Island in a cottage by the sea. I am starting to write a story that’s been in my head for awhile. I wake up to the sounds of the sea. It’s my ultimate dream from childhood to live some time in a cottage by the sea and write. I still want to do so but what the Obituary Writer showed me is that with dreams there are also nightmares. Life and the hardships of life don’t just go away.

This is the first author my daughter has read first and introduced me too a huge thanks to her. Lauren St John said at the Borders Book Festival that she will write another adult book I may very well pre-order it.


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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