This the third of Louise Dougherty’s books that I have devoured in one gluttonous feast. I started with her latest, (Platform 7) as many fan-stalkers do, and worked my way back and read Apple Tree Yard, by which most of her accolades as a brilliant writer are bestowed. I love her narrative style, it’s like she’s having a conversation with you whilst grabbing you by the hair and yanking you into her stories and incarcerating you so you can’t get out. I read reviews, sure, but I know that sometimes people who write reviews are either angry, impatient, and mostly subjective.
So this book is a wonderful, sad , joyful and incredibly informative story of a family who didn’t stand a chance, and then they did. It’s hard work at times because you wonder when something fantastic will finally happen to this impoverished family. The important thing is that you love the characters from sentence 1. You are roped into their lives and you can’t get out until the devastating truths that emerge at the end.
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (2 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743220897
- ISBN-13: 978-0743220897
- Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
- Customer Reviews: 48 customer ratings