Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for This Is How We Are Human by Louise Beech, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down.
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her 2019 novel Call Me Star Girl won Best magazine Book of the Year, and was followed by I Am Dust.
Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, fried eggs and Billy Ocean. Sebastian
is autistic. And lonely. Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy, and she wants the world to accept him for who he is. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants.
Violetta is a high-class escort, who steps out into the night thinking only of money. Of her nursing degree. Paying for her dad’s care. Getting through the dark.
When these three lives collide, and intertwine in unexpected ways, everything changes. For everyone.
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Louise Beech has worked her literary magic again and written a novel that is devastatingly beautiful. The author may not have broken my heart this time but it definitely hurt and I’ll be thinking about the characters for a loooooooong time. They will hold a special place in my heart where they join Ben and Andrew from The Lion Tamer Who Lost.
Sebastian is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, his pet fish, his mum’s perfect fried eggs and is desperate to lose his virginity. Sebastian is also autistic which makes meeting a potential partner difficult, he has been the subject of bullying and prejudice which is awful to read.
Sebastian’s mother Veronica would do anything for her son including procuring an escort to satisfy his needs. Violetta is the escort that Veronica chooses for Sebastian. Violetta is not just a sex worker, she is also Isabelle a trainee nurse struggling with her own demons (and debts!).
These three people create such a powerful story and will leave you pondering how you would react in the same circumstances.
This is How We Are Human is such a thought provoking read and written so sensitively – go buy it, read it then let me know how much you love Sebastian!
Five stars and a million perfect fried eggs!!