On finishing The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton I dearly wanted to stand up and shout, ‘Bravo! Bra-vooo!’, clap wildly and whistle as though I were at an orchestral concert.
But I would have woken up everyone in my house. So I settled for a mental fist pump instead.
There is plenty of story in The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton but my favourite parts were when the narrative would suspend to make way for the music. At those times it felt like the story was simply a vehicle for the true purpose of the novel – the music.
The literary descriptions of the making of ‘cellos, writing music and performing it, were simply magical. Elsewhere, the turns of phrase themselves are so lyrical:
"I accept the fact slowly, in drips that mottle all of our previous conversations like mould."
All the characters (even David the adulterer, annoyingly) are very relatable and likeable. But I have to give a special shout out to Mr Williams, whom I absolutely adored. An eighty-something-year-old monied gentleman, he is a regular client of Grace’s as well as a great support to her. He tells her:
"‘You have to grasp life by the balls, Grace,’ he says, ‘and don’t bloody let go until you have to.’"
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Export/Airside edition (1 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471173801
- ISBN-13: 978-1471173806
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews