It’s a real pleasure today to be joining the blog tour for Turning for Home by Barney Norris, published on 11th January by Doubleday/Transworld in hardback and for kindle. My post today is a giveaway of a hardback copy, but I so want to read this one – just take a look at some of the wonderful reviews that are part of this tour, and you’ll immediately want to read it too. You’ll find a review from Anne Cater here – Anne’s organised this tour, and her review made me realise I’d missed out on something rather special. With thanks to the publisher and netgalley, I now have my own copy, and I’m very much looking forward to catching up with it very soon.
‘Isn’t the life of any person made up out of the telling of two tales, after all? People live in the space between the realities of their lives and the hopes they have for them. The whole world makes more sense if you remember that everyone has two lives, their real lives and their dreams, both stories only a tape’s breadth apart from each other, impossibly divided, indivisibly close.’
Every year, Robert’s family come together at a rambling old house to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, distant cousins – it has been a milestone in their lives for decades. But this year Robert doesn’t want to be reminded of what has happened since they last met – and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Neither of them is sure they can face the party. But for both Robert and Kate, it may become the most important gathering of all.
As lyrical and true to life as Norris’s critically acclaimed debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, which won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, this is a compelling, emotional story of family, human frailty, and the marks that love leaves on us.
So, without further ado – and with thanks to everyone involved – let me offer you the chance to win a hardback copy. With apologies, the competition is open to UK readers only. Here’s the rafflecopter for entry:
About the author
Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving university he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Offwestend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. Barney’s new play Nightfall is one of the three inaugural productions at Nicholas Hytner’s new Bridge Theatre, beginning early 2018.
Follow the author on Twitter @barnontherun