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The Scrapbook

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Fern, Iris, Ivy. Three women, three generations: one dark secret.
Iris keeps a scrapbook of Lawrence, the lover who went missing years earlier. She defines herself by his loss and soothes herself with gin and the fairy tale of this one perfect relationship. Years later, Fern, their daughter, is tasked with finding Lawrence. In the process she has to come to terms with her o
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Parthian
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Guy Manning
Jun 16, 2015 Guy Manning rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a powerful, brooding and compelling debut. Fern, her mother and her grandmother tread wearily, warily and clumsily around each other as their shared fears and strengths bind them to a past of fierce love and lazy lies. Dark, blurred, beautiful prose; poetic and thorny, this is a Kate Bush album in a novel. I adored it.
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Jul 27, 2015 Rubery Book Award rated it it was amazing
This is a vivid novel by a clearly talented writer about three generations of a dysfunctional family, and their history of making bad decisions about men. Fern, the youngest, returns to the family home to look after her ailing mother Iris, and begins to research the whereabouts of Lawrence, Fern’s absent father to whose memory Iris has devoted her life. The toxic relationship between Fern and Iris is particularly well-rendered, and the latter’s fixation on her lost lover is a touching portrayal ...more
Nina Milton
Oct 29, 2014 Nina Milton rated it liked it
This is such a beautifully written book about three generations of women. Ivy, the grandmother, concocts spells, Iris, the mother has a scrapbook of memories of one perfect love which she clings to and Fern, the daughter has tried to escape from her family but is back to care for Iris as she deteriorates into a maudlin mix of heartbreak and alcohol poisoning. The ending is beautiful, as the three women's past, and the connections between the generations, is finally revealed
May 25, 2014 Lorip rated it it was amazing
A story of love and longing, and of how one woman's past bears upon the lives of future generations.
As someone who regularly falls back on very good but nonetheless 'formulaic' novels, this beautifully written first novel by Carly Holmes deserved a 'proper' read, and I am all the richer for my investment.
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May 25, 2014 Susmita Bhattacharya rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. The story is haunting, touching. The language exquisite. I enjoyed reading it, couldn't stop in fact!
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Jul 12, 2014 Joanna Campbell rated it it was amazing
A stylish, eloquent and haunting novel. Like the ultimate scrapbook, beautifully crafted and pieced together.
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I'm a writer living and writing on the west coast of Wales. When not writing I love to read, and discover books and authors that are new to me. My favourite writers include Jon McGregor, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Peter Carey, Julian Barnes and Daphne du Maurier. I've had a number of short stories published in journals and placed in competitions, and my debut novel, The Scrapbook, was published ...more
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