The Other Half of Augusta Hope
At six, she’s memorising the dictionary. At seven, she’s correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.
And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, J
A skilfully woven and thought provoking read that was entertaining and quirky. I only realised on finishing the novel that this was Joanna Glen’s first novel and it certainly packs a punch.
Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in. At six she is memorising the dictionary, at seven she’s correcting her teachers and at eight she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of it’s name Burundi. As Augusta and her twin sister Julia grow up in a small town in England, ...more
I was enjoying it very much until somewhere in the middle when I knew what the outcome was going to be and wanted to get there. At that point the switching from Augusta to Parfait and back began to irritate and the book seemed to move very slowly. Several characters were introduced but never developed and then the f ...more
On the other side of the world, a young boy called ...more
I Loved that Augusta was completely unique, she reads a lot and asks lots of questions. Her favourite book is the dictionary and she soaks up general knowledge lik ...more
Augusta is a twin - but born in August where her twin Julia was born in July. ...more
Augusta is a twin with Julia but they have different birthdays because Augusta has taken longer to emerge and was born past the stroke of midnigh ...more
But don’t we all have experiences all the time that are only ours. None of us can ever imagine being someone else. Isn’t that why being human is lonely? Because however many words there are in a language, they never express the actual thing, the actual feeling, the actual being ourselves.
A story told in two sets of alternating first person chapters, narrated over a period of 20+ years.
One is by the titular English girl, starting with her childhood, growing up in a small town in Hertfordshir ...more
The Other Half of Augusta Hope is the first novel by British author and teacher of Spanish, Joanna Glen. In the beg ...more
Through the book you follow the life of Augusta Hope who has a twin sister Julia. Julia is everything that her parents want her to be, while Augusta is the stone in the shoe. The awkward one, the inappropriate one, the one who wants to escape her droll English suburb and find 'duende' a Spanish word for 'spirit'. She loves words and maps and sees these as a form of escape.
Augusta and Julia may have shared a womb but they could not have turned out more different. Julia is pretty much the perfect daughter, she does okay in school and ...more
Augusta and Julia are twins, but from birth onwards are very different. Julia was born 31st July, but Augusta didn't appear until Mintues later, which by this time happened to be August. This is how Augusta was named by being born in August.
I did laugh at this point, as Augusta was so bright she had to slow down for her father because he couldn't think Straight.
Intelligent, poignant, insightful, lyrical…this is a remarkable read.
This is a story, well actually two stories, that are the same but oh so different; modern England family life juxtaposed against lives in a war torn refugee camp. A story of isolation, of family, of identity, of violence, of death and coming home….Beautifully imagined and executed, heartbreakingly poignant
The Other Half of Augusta Hope is about feeling lost, finding hope, developing connections and accepting your identity. This debut novel by Joanna Glen is defined by exquisite prose, well defined characters and a parallel style narrative that will warm your heart.
Meet Augusta Hope, a woman who has never felt like she fits in. Augusta has a penchant for the written word and her favourite past time is to memorise the dictionary. From a tender age, Augusta unde ...more
The book is written from two perspectives - that of Augusta and of her other half Parfait. The main issue I had was wanting to spend much, much more time on the ob ...more
take one pair of twins with hopes and dreams, one boy to lust over, a boy who wants a better life out of Africa and some parents who have a favourite twin. Mix them all together and you have this interesting story. It could have been amazing - themes ...more
Parfait is one of nine in his family, the firstborn, one who knows the love that flows through his mother and father to each of them, the beauty his father sees in everything. But Parf ...more
I always choose my audible books that have a character led story rather than a gripping thriller as I love to savour the story and get to know the characters over a period of weeks rather than an afternoon frantically page turning.
Augusta Hope is the most wonderful, observational, honest character that I fell for almost immediately. She narrates her st ...more
Augusta feels really quite alone, but she has a twin sister, Julia, who is always there for her. Until she isn’t. As they grow the siblings naturally grow apart, mainly because of a boy that Julia falls for.
Gradually, Augusta Hope worke ...more
Born to average middle class parents, Augusta Hope lives at 1 Willow Crescent in Hedley Green. Augusta reads the dictionary for fun and couldn't be more different from her twin sister. Studying the globe and the names of all the countries, Augusta decides Burundi has the mo ...more
I loved how the two stories merged at the end and how everything fell into place. The author showed beautifully the advents of growing up, dealing with loss, falling in love and living. It's such a beautiful story - and I seem to be at a loss of words here - but ahhhh I loved it. It's poetic and full of ecstatic imagery and lovely ...more