13 Jun 2009 – Oxfam, Birmingham

I fell on this newer Binchy excitedly in the Oxfam shop (I remember this trip; it was just after Hay and I really shouldn’t have been buying MORE books, esp not the massive Ted Heath bio that is next to read after the current crop!) but I’m afraid it disappointed slightly. Short stories, fine. About Christmas – also fine. Binchy writes a good family and a good story. But these were *very* short, often almost vignettes, and I missed the depth and mix of pathos and humour which she is so good at. Don’t get me wrong – a good few of these were excellent – but it wasn’t as marvellous as I’d hoped.

Will retain to register and BookCross on Christmas Day in the park.