Today I kicked off my ‘One Book a Month’ campaign.
MY MISSION: To support booksellers by buying one book a month from a local bookshop.
THE RULES: The book must come from a real life book shop. Amazon and charity shops (my usual haunts) are strictly out of bounds.
Well, as we know, books are special things; choosing the right one is not to be taken lightly. Usually I deploy my in-built book-detecting radar for this task. I simply tune in and know which book is the right one to buy.
But today my radar was feeling under pressure and it got all self-conscious and refused to work. As a result, I wandered round the shop for ages, picking up umpteen books and umming and ahhing.
It finally twitched when I spotted The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. I adored The Knife of Never Letting Go so as soon as I saw Patrick’s name on the cover, I knew this was The One. (Plus it had a groovy design, which I am sucker for, never mind the book’s content.)
THE EXTRAORDINARY HAPPENS EVERYDAY
George Duncan is a good man. Perhaps a little too good, at least according to his ex-wife. When he awakes one night to the noise of a magnificent, wounded crane in his garden, he little suspects that, in answering its cries and saving the bird, he has opened up his own life to an extraordinary magic.
The next day a beautiful woman appears, transforming not only George but everyone around him. But love does strange things, and passion is never simple. Something George is about to find out, whether he likes it or not.
A reviewer said, “This is quite simply one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.” And Times Magazine describes Patrick Ness as “An insanely beautiful writer.”
So ‘beautiful’ is what I am expecting.
The first line of the book bodes well:
“What actually woke him was the unearthly sound itself – a mournful shatter of frozen midnight falling to earth to pierce his heart and lodge there forever, never to move, never to melt – but he, being who he was, assumed it was his bladder.”