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East Fortune

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Jack has been sleepwalking through his middle age. His wife has left him; his grown-up daughters no longer need him; and he rarely leaves his remote house on the east coast of Scotland. But when he is involved in an horrific accident, he is jolted out of his stupor, and embarks upon a new friendship that helps him to re-evaluate everything.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury UK
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Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a gentle book, kickstarted by a horrible event, about a fairly dysfunctional family of brothers.
There are premonitions of the Grantchester books in some of the conversations here, particularly the ones between the young Polish woman and the isolated translator/lecturer. So many of them reminded me of conversations between the Reverend and his German wife . . .
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Anyone who enjoys the novels of Rosamund Pilcher will appreciate this book. Set in Scotland and written from a male perspective this novel depicts one year in the life of the Henderson family. Three middle-aged sons, their families and their parents. And of course, the family home, ‘East Fortune’. It examines what home means to different people, how life's defining moments shape our character and our future. It causes the reader to become introspective...

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Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I could see that much research had gone into this book and it started off very well, however the main problem for me was that the author insisted on lines and lines in Latin! This, and then the English translation underneath got extremely tiresome. Fortunately I can read German because at one point, near the end, the mom speaks German and there isn't a translation. Unfortunately I can't read Polish (or Russian) and there are frequent Polish quotes in this book; sometimes without translation.

Kath Middleton
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I doubt I would ever have read this book had it not been a book of the month for my village Book Group. It deals with Jack, a classics lecturer, who is involved in a fatal accident when a young man jumps in front of his car. The man is known to his family to be suicidal so they attach no blame to Jack but on the contrary they feel apologetic that he became involved and invite him to the funeral. Jack is divorced and though he enjoys being steeped in a solitary academic existence, he feels an ...more
Marianna Still
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! I've never read anything that described emotions, relationships and family dynamics so well. So perfectly. It was a pleasure to read. It was a pleasure to be part of the family - however messed up it was. I'm kind of sad it's over...
Dani Gray
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Well written, like Canvey Island and just like that book this was a little hard going at times. You definitely didn't feel sorry for the main character, at times I felt frustrated! All in all, a good read.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a well written and realistic portrayal of the Henderson family who live near Edinburgh. The relationships between the three brothers are very believable but it isn't exactly an uplifting read, especially if you've already experienced some of the family situations involved.
Lynsey Easton
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good, different type of read with interesting themes of relationships.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't think I was ready for such a wordy book. I'm sure I could have learned so much about language, but were is the story?
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