#BookReview The End We Start From by Megan Hunter #20booksofsummer

About the book

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.

Published by Picador

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An intriguing little book that really packs a punch! Only 127 pages long, but the story is powerfully told with very little words, structure or too much detail so that you as a reader fill in the blanks for this bleak world that the author has created.  ooh and the cover is rather stunning too! It’s what made me pick it up in the first place!

London is flooded. Humanity is falling apart and pushed out of the cities to seek a new life elsewhere. And amidst this nightmare world, a woman is preparing to have her first child. All the fears and panic of impending motherhood are explored as the family pack up and try to carry on in any way they can. Everyone is out for themselves, there are food shortages and the worst side of people is being shown.

I loved the contrast of what is supposed to be a happy time in their life, with the doom all around them. It was an unusual writing style that did take a short while to get my head around, but I think it made more of an impact as a story in this way. Very evocative and cleverly told.

If you’re looking for a quick read with a strong impact, then I’d recommend this!



Mini Reads Monday #2

I have returned!! With more little books full of big stories that you might be interested in reading if you only have a short amount of time – or a short attention span!!!  With many books nowadays part of a series, or huge doorsteps in size, it is always nice to find a fabulous story in a tiny package!! 

So I’ve rummaged through my bookshelves again and here’s a little look at some of my favourite ‘mini reads’!!

The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I am by Kjersti A. Skomsvold

This is a lovely but often heartbreaking read of a lonely old lady looking to make an impression in the world – even if it is a little too late and doesn’t seem to have the impact on Mathea that she desired.  Just 147 pages long.

Blue Dog by Louis de Bernieres

144 pages long and a beautiful story of a boy and his dog as they deal with tragedy in their life, and go and spend time with their grandfather in the outback.  

This creepy novella is only 110 pages long but that is all it needs to transport you to a dark place and a perfect little read for those dark autumnal evenings!!

Just 92 pages in this one, and it is a very simple story of a one way conversation between 2 people in a library!  A really interesting little book!

This is a very Zen book!  It is only 140 pages but is such a pleasant reading experience despite the fact that very little happens! It’s the story of a couple and a cat who visits them! Simplicity is often the best way!!

This was a beautiful little book inside and out! Just 128 pages tells the story of the lonely postman who occasionally opens up some of the letters he has to post to find out more about those he delivers to.  That does sound a little creepy, but he has a pure heart and his actions are done in innocence and I loved this from start to finish!

A recent addition to my bookshelves courtesy of MothBox Books, this is another 128 page book that tells the story of a family through the eyes of a young girl. All the struggles that entails with a hint of fairytales and some simple illustrations – they all combine to bring her story to life.

a short story collection over 192 pages, these stories are full of thoughtful observations in a manner of different settings and styles.

This light novella is the perfect summer read, set in the beautiful gardens near Florence.  
So a few more ‘littlies’ for you to consider if you are ever looking to bump up your reading total, or just to escape for an evening!! Any catch your eye?!  Any to recommend to me?!  Hope you’ve enjoyed browsing the smaller side of my bookshelves!!

Mini Reads Monday

Hello all!  Having just finished New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin which is just around 150 pages long – or should that be short?! – it left me thinking of other shorter books out there for you to dip into, when you aren’t feeling brave enough to dive into a ‘chunkster’ of a book, or if you are just looking for a quicker way to increase your ‘books read’ total!  There are some great ‘little stories’ out there for when you are pushed for time so I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve just found on my bookshelves!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

At around 83 pages long, I doubt there are very few people who haven’t delighted in reading this little magical tale! One of those that can be read over and over!!

I read very little poetry, but this collection – 96 pages – is a stunning mix of poems about nature and the british landscape which are also beautiful to look at as well as to read!

This one is 153 pages long, and looks intensely at a friendship between 2 boys over time and how a horrific event destroys families and the innocence of those involved. It is a very powerful novel and well worth picking up!

If you like your books dark and twisted, then look no further!! This is just under 200 pages and is one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read – and I loved it!!  Not for the faint hearted!! But blooming wonderful all the same!!

Another shorty at 176 pages, this is a gothic story of book collecting, mutilation and madness!! What a mix!  It’s a really creepy read but had me enthralled from start to finish!

Another messed up story  – is it me reading too many weird books, or are shorter stories more likely to be on the ‘dark side’?! – and a fabulous shorter read too at 183 pages long.  It is a disturbing read and deals with some difficult topics but is compelling.

This is a much lighter read than some of the others, and at around the 200 pages mark, it is an easy read as you follow Samuel as he finds happiness in the smaller things in life. Set in Japan, it is a beautiful, uplifting little book!

This is a fun, surreal read – at just under 200 pages – that follows 92 year old Marian as she is placed in an institution by her ungrateful family.  The other residents at the home though are far from quiet and normal, and this had me chuckling with their weird and wonderful antics!
So there’s a little look at some of the quick reads on my shelves. I’m sure there’s more for me to find when I have a proper tidy up soon so this feature might return!
Do you have any favourite shorter reads? Would love to hear some more recommendations!! And the bonus is they take up very little room on shelves so you can fit more of them on!!