Book Reviews from Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

Port Ellen Primary School and Port Ellen Book Group are working together to create book reviews in preparation for the Port Ellen Book Festival, which is on the 17th and 18th June 2006 at the Primary School. Over the next few months we shall be reviewing both the adult and children's authors who will be attending our festival. Please feel free to post a comment about your thoughts!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Grace Notes
Bernard MacLaverty
ISBN 0-09-977801-7
Grace Notes was shortlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize. It tells the story of a young female Irish composer and how her relationships with her parents, her lover and her baby daughter affect her career. It takes place in Glasgow, Northern Ireland and on Islay.
The comments about Islay school pupils are likely to ruffle a few feathers and details about music are somewhat alien to a total non-musician.
However, it is a moving story about the difficulties faced by creative people
and I enjoyed the book enough to know that I will definitely read it again.


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