Maggie O'Farrell writes with a beautiful clarity and perception. Personally, I got tired of the repetition and the exhaustive emphasis on the minutiae. I have never read a better description of that odd disorientation you feel after childbirth. to your comment. She is observant, has a style that just pulls you in and characters that are on the whole believable. The trees in this story are stirring, trembling, readjusting themselves. This is a wonderful book. Email your comments about the latest episodes of the BBC series to cultureclub@independent.co.uk. This was the first of Maggie O'Farrell's books that I have read and I am looking forward to another one. Excerpt The Hand That First Held Mine. Although the story weaves through different time periods, O'Farrell does it with ease. O’Farrell weaves her usual magic with authentic dialogue and evocative descriptions: the feel of 1950s London is expertly conveyed. This is one of the best books I've read in the past two years. The opening lines are so gentle but as intriguing and beguiling as the opening of a thriller. Please There is nothing about motherhood that Maggie O'Farrell doesn't understand and portray in a heartbreaking and perfect way. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2013. Lexie Sinclair’s passions run deep; we meet her at her parent’s home near Cornwall, England, just after the end of World War II, as she dreams of escape from a humdrum existence of housekeeping and moral rigidity. This page works best with JavaScript. Unfortunately, the book is not written cleverly enough to have me guessing until the end. Told over two time frames, The Hand That First Held Mine opens as Lexie Sinclair, a bored young graduate, runs away from home to start a new life in 1950s Soho. This novel left me wanting more! Prime members enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping, Free Same-Day or One-Day Delivery to select areas, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, and more. try again, the name must be unique, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful The Hand That First Held Mine is Maggie O’Farrell’s fifth novel. It's an intimate, real story that I througougly enjoyed. After hearing Maggie O'Farrells's 'I am, I am, I am' reviewed on Radio 4, I read it and found it utterly compelling so I decided to 'dip into' her novels and began with this one. The characters were interesting and engaging. Search String: Summary |  Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten. I found "The Hand that First Held Mine" to be a well crafted and very enjoyable book. try again, the name must be unique, Please Identity? I absolutely loved this book, the story, and Maggie O'Farrell's writing. Reader Reviews. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. try again, the name must be unique, Please Fans of Maggie O’Farrell’s previous novels will not be disappointed. One of the best books I've ever read - the kind that makes you want to write to the author and tell her. 'active' : ''"> To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages that interest you. O’Farrell does a fantastic job of capturing those sleep deprived days of early motherhood. I want to read After You'd Gone but I am scared it will be too sad for me! It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss A breeze is coming in gusts off the sea, and it is almost as if the trees know, in their restlessness, in their head-tossing impatience, that something is about to happen. I love Maggie O'Farrell's writing. Author Bio, First Published: This story evolves and Lexie, through the death of her lover, continues to surprise the reader with her choices - in life and in men. Readers won’t be disappointed. So many of the beautifully descriptive passages are still resonating in my heart - none more so than Elina's fight to stay with Theo towards the end. Jan 2011, 352 pages, Book Reviewed by:BookBrowse First Impression Reviewers However, I do think this book was more than "reliable". Two stories are told in parallel: Lexie Sinclair quits Devon for London when the charismatic Innes Kent arrives on her doorstep, and starts her life at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene; Elina and Ted are coming to terms with the changes wrought in their present-day lives by the birth of their son. A wonderful story from a masterful writer, and characters I will long remember. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2020. Agree with other reviewers that sometimes the plot verged on the unbelievable. The Hand that First Held Mine Maggie O'Farrell Review by Stephenie Harrison. I chose to read this book as it was on offer on Kindle and I have read a few other Maggie O'Farrell's and have always found they are a reliable read. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Stories from Suffragette Cityby M.J. Rose & Fiona Davis (editors), One City.One Movement.A World of Stories. I was intrigued with how the author went between the two sets of main characters, of different generations, in both conventional and non-conventional ways. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Please The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. This is a compelling, at times moving and always highly readable novel. Oldest first, -1) ? Reading Guide |  Ever since her early novels After You'd Gone and My Lover's Lover, Maggie O'Farrell's fiction has been touched by the otherworldly. Log in to update your newsletter preferences. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2016. The Hand That First Held Mine. But as is often the case, one narrative proves more compelling than the other. Due to complications during the birth, her boyfriend, Ted, is having a hard time with the fact that he has almost lost Elina. The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell. Taken under the wing of Innes Kent, a magazine editor 13 years her senior, she finds herself at the heart of the post-war art scene, trading witticisms with the barflies of Dean Street and discovering the pleasures of Jackson Pollock and pink gin. Title The author's descriptions allowed us the opportunity of getting close to the characters especially Lexie. Will look out for more from this author. Discussion groups will love this novel because of the wealth of topics; love, loss, environment, parentage, greed, anger and so on, that make up the ingredients to the character of the person we become.

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