This Is Not a Novel by Jennifer Johnston

This Is Not a Novel

Jennifer Johnston

I read this family drama set in Ireland in one sitting. It starts with lots of questions: has Johnny died? Why did Imogen refuse to speak? Who is Bruno really in love with? The story moves gently, but persistently towards the truth.

Extract

I was afraid that when I began to speak again they would interrogate me.
Please try to remember.
Please try to tell us.
It will be for your own good in the end.
Please.

Always polite.
They would always be polite ,I knew that.

They would take notes.
They would smile.
Imogen, Imogen, please, we are here to help you, they would say with sincerity in their voices.

Parallels
  • The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
  • After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
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