Last Friday our book club for adults met up to discuss A.F.Harrold’s The Song from Somewhere Else.
What follows is a very brief summary of our bookish chat, minus the tea and biscuits.
The poetic language certainly struck a chord with some members of the group. It’s very clear from this book that Ashley knows how to craft and manipulate language. Levi Pinfold’s illustrations are reminiscent of Jim Kay’s in A Monster Calls. The scratchy lines, blurred edges and dark depths brought Ashley’s words to life, adding a rich layer to the narrative.
The group were split with regards to Frank’s behaviour towards Nick, but all agreed that she and Nick were believable representations of children. Some wanted to know more about how Nick came into the world, and also find out more of Frank’s home life. Why was her mum absent so often?
All in all, we agreed that this novel tackles issues of friendship, bullying and other-worldliness in its own unique style.
On the 18th January we will be discussing this beauty:
And our February title is the latest novel from Karen McCombie:
Until next time, happy reading!
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