Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Published: March 1st 2016
Last week I was contacted by my local independent bookstore, Boffins Books, to read and review a few books supplied by publishing house Simon and Schuster. After having a quick look at the books on the list, I realised none of them were Young Adult! *shocked face*
An opportunity for me to expand my reading range and try some new books? How could I say no!
Mothering Sunday is only 130 pages long, so it’s a bite-sized morsel of tasty fiction which I devoured in one night. It was 10pm when I picked up the book knowing full well that I had work early the next morning, so I told myself: “I’ll just read a chapter before going to sleep” … I soon realised that this book had no chapters.
If I could only say one thing about this book when recommending it to friends and family: It’s worth losing sleep over.
It is March 30th 1924.
It is Mothering Sunday.
How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold?
Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.
This book is titled Mothering Sunday: A Romance, and it is one of the most beautiful romances I have ever read. Whilst the story itself is simple, it’s the writing that makes this piece so truly wonderful.
It’s not a linear story, with sharp climaxes and plot points… but reads in more of a wibbly-wobbly circle that only begins to make sense when you come to the last few pages. Throughout the novella the story takes little sidesteps and tangents as if the narrator is getting carried away in their thoughts, and then after a while it snaps back to the story and it continues as normal. When I first started the book I had to re-read the first few pages a couple of times before I understood what was going on! It’s not a straightforward structure, but personally I think it adds to the charm of this book. It makes it feel more believable as a storytelling experience.
This has got to be the most beautifully unique book I have ever read. A moving tale of life, love and loss.
Thank you to the wonderful team at Boffins for supplying me with a copy of this book.
If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself, please check out the link here: https://www.boffinsbooks.com.au/books/9781471155239/mothering-sunday