Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival.
But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling.
As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?
Also by Jessica Norrie
The Infinity Pool – at http://getbook.at/TheInfintyPool
Also in French and German translations as Infinitude and Der Infinity-Pool
Exciting and Entertaining!
An unexpectedly lively story – and such a good read!
With my daughter being a teacher, I know how much thought and effort the more committed of them put into coming up with ideas to fill their students with enthusiasm; I also know (personal experience) how busy parents dread homework involving input from them! So when Miss Patel allocates re-writing a fairy story, involving the whole family and coming up with some way of showing it off, there are mixed reactions. With children and families from a wide range of cultures, everyone approaches their task differently . . .
This is not only an interesting story, it’s also an insight into how different cultures are looked upon and I was hooked! The children are absolutely wonderful and so entertaining, but along with all the light, happy moments there are some really dark dips in this one, and it’s a very realistic story. It’s exciting to see how everyone approaches their set task, and I loved finding out all about each family and their individual dynamics. This is a very different novel to the others on my list, but no less enjoyable. I’ve actually learned quite a lot, which is always a plus – especially when the details are just part of the story. I’m very happy to give this one 4.5* and a high recommendation.
My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family life, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 422 pages
- Publication Date: 22 July 2019
- Links: http://getbook.at/TheMagicCarpet
Jessica Norrie was born in London and studied French Literature and Education at Sussex and Sheffield. She taught English, French and Spanish abroad and in the UK in settings ranging from nursery to university. She has two adult children and divides her time between London and Malvern, Worcestershire.
She has also worked as a freelance translator, published occasional journalism and a French textbook, and blogs at https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com
Jessica sings soprano with any choir that will have her, and has been trying to master the piano since childhood but it’s not her forte.
She left teaching in 2016. The Infinity Pool was her first novel, drawing on encounters while travelling. Her second novel The Magic Carpet is inspired by working with families and their children. The third is about women’s lives in a small village. It’s currently being submitted to publishers by her agent.