Review published on July 21, 2016.
Although author, Rosy Thornton, has published five novels this is her first short story collection. Now I must admit that short stories are not usually my go to read, however the fact that these 16 stories are all set in Suffolk – my adopted home – changed my mind. And I will be the first to admit that these stories were great. The author has managed to write them in all different voices and at different periods but running through all 16 diverse tales are the common threads of setting, wildlife and locations.
In the book I did have several stories that I preferred to the others, but would have to say that all 16 can stand their ground and there were none that I did not enjoy on some level. This has definitely made me want to read some of her novels.
I can highly recommend this book, even if like me you are not usually a fan of short stories. Although the book is set in Suffolk, the descriptions are so vivid that you do not have to be familiar with the area to enjoy these stories. For a book group I think there would be a lot to discuss as the author has skilfully woven the stories through time.
Carolyn Fraser 4/4
Sandlands by Rosy Thornton
Sandstone Press 9781910985045 pbk Jul 2016