I’ve fallen in love with this book.
It’s quite extraordinary, a dazzling gem of love, warmth, sadness, devotion and shimmering wit.
Ash and Edi have been friends for 40 years when Edi is diagnosed with terminal cancer. She moves into a hospice near Ash, who takes it upon herself to care for Edi to spare her devastated husband and young son.
This might sound devastatingly sad and it obviously is, but the sheer wit and humour of Newman’s prose means it’s also extremely funny and totally life-affirming.
I’ve never read a book quite like it; it’s so fresh and original, full of love, humour and compassion. An absolute masterpiece in life and death, sadness and joy.
A beautiful novel.