Blurb: When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.
Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.
My Review: I fell in love with this book through the cover, it’s so simple but having read the book the cover fits it perfectly.
I struggled with this book at first. It took time for me to get into it. I was enjoying it but I couldn’t work out where it was going or how all of the threads connected. However, it soon became clear that that was less important than I initially thought. The sections with Deborah were almost ethereal in nature, I was transfixed by her storytelling and then slowly began to se the threads of the story weaving together.
This is a story that takes you on a journey. It shows you how interconnected people’s lives can be but also makes you question your own and how you connect to family and friends, and to the world itself. All of us are threads in the tapestry of time and this story demonstrated that beautifully. Nothing is ever smooth sailing, even the best of plans can end up tangled and messy but that is what life is and if you unravel it, then what do you have? A plain piece of string with no meaning or context, until someone weaves it into another story.
This is a beautiful, captivating story that will stay with me long after this review is published. Completely unique and unforgettable.
About the author:
Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing.
He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his
work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost-
writing a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres,
A highly anticipated debut, blending the magical realism of Angela Carter
and the gritty authenticity of Eastenders and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel.