Carry Me Down by M.J.Hyland.
Deliberations went on for most of the day, fierce arguments were had with myself over lunch sitting up on Dartmoor. At one point this afternoon I had a bit of a hissy fit and walked out of the room leaving the rest of me in there but it's decision time.I have won myself over against fierce opposition from my old friend The Secret River and my new found love of all things St Aubyn and Mother's Milk but for me it has to be the book that won my heart quite late in the race.
John Egan is a character who still resonates in my mind. I did look forward to picking the book up, I didn't want to put it down, I would read it again, I will look at it again in a year's time and remember how it first impressed me so much, there is nothing obscure or new-fangled about the writing, there's plenty to challenge in there and even more to talk to others about but it engaged me emotionally too.
In fact it ticks just about all the boxes on my list.