A very quick post this week, as I am in the midst of my first working week for Felicity Bryan Literary Associates and busy in anticipation of Christmas!
“The Outcast” by Sadie Jones.
I was recommended this book by both Caroline Wood- the Agent at Felicity Bryan who looks after Sadie Jones- and the work’s ever-so-slightly impressive Costa Book First Novel Award (which it won in 2009)!
The novel is slow-paced and while the characters are sometimes caricature-esque in the extremity of their composition (golly what a sentence), ‘The Outcast” is undeniably dramatic- testament to the author’s history as a creator of screenplay.
The Outcast provides its reader with a peek at a world without the therapy or the modern understanding of grieving and child-psychology that so often prevents ostracism and and psychological damage- the harsh reality of a stiff-upper-lip Britain after the Second World War. With romance, loss and a damaged soul for its protagonist, this book has all the lyricism to make you read it voraciously till the end.
A very heavy read indeed: the work could have been counterbalanced with a little irony or even perhaps some humour, but all in all a very satisfying book to devour. Not one for a lonesome evening in though.
The Outcast is published in the UK by Harper Collins and the latest novel by Sadie Jones, “The Uninvited Guests” was published in March of 2012.
Pinterest mood board for “The Outcast”: