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  • Astounding

    This novel by Francis Spufford begins in November 1944 in a crowded Woolworth's shop in Lambert Street in the London Borough of Bexford. Everyone, including children, and many in the surrounding area and buildings are incinerated as the shop is hit by a V2 German rocket. Amongst the dead are Jo, her sister, Val, Vernon, Alec, and Ben, young children whose lives are resurrected, the reader getting glimpses of everyday events and memorable moments at specific periods in time. This is a captivating and immersive piece of historical fiction that perfectly evokes time and place through amazing descriptions and wondrous prose. Extremely profound and full of warmth Light Perpetual includes some highly compulsive character development as the intricate details and drama of the protagonists personal and professional lives are depicted with finesse. I was riveted by a singing lesson that Jo gives to a diverse class of pupils at Bexford Hill Comprehensive School, and Francis Spufford's portrayal of the mental health issues affecting Ben. An astounding read recommended to all. I read Light Perpetual in staves with other Pigeonholers as part of a group. A special thank you to Francis Spufford and The Pigeonhole for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

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