Lisa Jewell, my heart, and what makes a great story

14 Nov

My favourite author is Lisa Jewell.

Reading one of her books is like sitting down to a cup of tea and wadge of cake, with an old friend, in a cosy room, on a rainy day. Some of her early books have a great deal to do with the fact I moved to London. Such fantastic stories about people who lived in exotic locations like Finsbury Park. Oh, it was just all so exciting.

Years ago I dated a guy who worked for Heat Magazine. For my 26th birthday, he got me every Lisa Jewell book, signed by the lady herself, with little personal messages inside each and every front cover. Best. Present. Ever.

Her latest book ‘The House We Grew Up In’ came out over the summer. Of course, I had preordered on Amazon, so it arrived on its release day. Big and fat and ready for reading.

But I waited.

I wanted to enjoy it. To really soak up every word on every page. My anxiety levels were just too high in the summer, wondering why my boyfriend was treating me like a piece of shit on his shoe. And not even a very nice shoe at that.

After the pizza of doom I couldn’t read. My eyes went over the words but nothing actually made it into my poor, tired brain which was still playing, “I was never in love with you,” on repeat.

Well, I started the book this morning, sitting in toasty sunshine on the balcony, with a huge cup of coffee. One chapter in and I am smitten. I’ll spend the rest of the day on the beach getting absorbed in the lives of the characters Lisa has painted.

Her books always make me feel things. It’s impossible to turn the pages without smiling, and laughing, and thinking, and crying, and smiling again. Which is the mark of a great story, right?

So maybe my own story isn’t a tragedy. I just haven’t reached the end yet.

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5 Responses to “Lisa Jewell, my heart, and what makes a great story”

  1. Aussa Lorens November 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    That sounds wonderful. I haven’t had that “in love” feeling with a book in quite a while… Maybe I’ll have to check her out. I’m glad you’re reading again 🙂 That’s a good sign!

  2. intothebeauty November 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Yay! Sounds like you’re having a fabulous vacation!

  3. aprileb November 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Thanks guys. As luck would have it I drove to the beach without my book, so just settling down to enjoy some more of it now. I think the holiday is finally starting to relax me.

  4. muminadaydream November 16, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I am totally with you on this ,I adore her books and they always make you feel a bit nicer inside!!

    • aprileb November 19, 2013 at 2:43 am #

      They do indeed make you feel nicer inside, don’t they? Nicely described.

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