Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
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Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’
Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’
Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
‘NOT THE END’
There’s a summer heatwave in Dormouth, the Devon seaside town and former home of the artist Hugh Bonnington.
No one pays much attention to octogenarian sea swimmer Maud Smith, recently arrived from Portugal. But when she drowns and her body is washed up on the beach, she changes the lives of three people she never met.
Brenda, insomniac dog walker, finds Maud’s body and loses a husband.
Jim, reluctant heir hunter and committed birdwatcher, thinks he’s found love, if he can only escape London.
Philosopher-drunk Neil, the cemetery manager, plans Maud’s funeral then finds that art has a funny way of interfering with life.
With wry humour and sharp observation, Not the End is a contemporary novel about love, loss and the therapeutic possibilities of knitting.
Kate Vane studied in Leeds and then worked in the city as a probation officer. Her first novel, ‘Recognition’, is a psychological crime novel set in Leeds.
In crime fiction, the end should both surprise you and be believable. This works best if the characters are in conflict, not only with the outside world, but with themselves. I think that’s how people are in life, but in a crime novel, they’re placed in an extreme situation and so the conflicts are magnified.
Kate now lives on the Devon coast, where she grew up and where her second, contemporary novel, is set. ‘Not the End’, was inspired in part by a period she spent working in a local authority cemeteries department.
The job made me think about our attitudes to death, particularly when someone died without friends and family and the local authority had to take charge of the funeral arrangements. Often they weren’t poor, or a loner, as people think. They had just outlived everyone who was close to them. I didn’t want to write the same kind of book again. But I think what unites the two novels is that they have complex, believable characters. I’m always intrigued and surprised by what people do and why they do it. That was my starting point for both books. I think it is ultimately an uplifting novel. It was fun to write and I particularly wanted to set the story during an ideal summer by the sea.
Kate now works for a charity in Exeter.
I am loving the line “Not the End is a contemporary novel about love, loss and the therapeutic possibilities of knitting.” I enjoy knitting and crochet whenever I get the opportunity, although these days much of my spare time is taken up with keeping Fiction Books looking fresh and different. I find that any solitary pastime is very therapeutic and I only wish that I was more accomplished in many of them.
I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link, so that I can visit your post.