Tuesday, 30 July 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Year of the Ladybird - Graham Joyce

Release Date: 20/06/13
Publisher:  Gollancz


It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new-found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer. As with SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place, this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.


I love a story that seems to tackle so many things from your youth as well as bringing a cracking supernatrual story to the reader of today and that’s exactly what this new release by Graham Joyce has done. As with Graham’s writing the prose is sharp, the pace wonderful and when you add the nostalgic value of that year you really get a fuller picture of Britain as seen through the eyes of the youth of the day.

It’s a wonderful read, has some great twists and when added to the authors own identifiable style of bringing it to the reader really gives you something to enjoy. Great stuff.

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