Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all the Multiverse readers! I hope you all had wonderful Christmases and celebrated New Year’s Eve in style.

My own Christmas was great fun, lots of catching up with old friends and far too much celebrating with the result that I am partied out and raring to go on the work front. Today’s Bank Holiday means little to a self-employed writer so I have been up and at it since early this morning and am delighted to get back into working on my book.

I was lucky enough to get tons of books for Christmas so you can expect some reviews in the coming weeks. Currently in the pile beside my bed are Declan Burke’s Absolute Zero Cool, Mistaken by Neil Jordan, and a Hemingway bonanza which includes Papa Hemingway by A.E. Hotchner and a gorgeous glossy coffee table book called Hemingway: A Life in Pictures.

The only book I managed to finish over Christmas was The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, a thoroughly good read! The Imperfectionists tells the story of an international newspaper founded in Rome in the 1950s (and perhaps based on the International Herald Tribune in Paris where Rachman worked) which is floundering in the Internet Age. The story is told through the eyes of eleven characters all connected with the paper, from the obituary writer Arthur Gopal to the Editor in Chief Kathleen Solson. Each vignette is superbly crafted and could easily stand alone as a short story. There are flashes of humour, much pathos and so much confident good writing that it’s hard to believe this is Rachman’s debut novel. I read this in a single morning when it was too cold to get out of bed and so I snuggled down with a pot of coffee. Highly recommended!

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