08 November 2007

The Loner (Josephine Cox)

The Loner was my first Josephine Cox. Extremely enjoyable and a very easy read, it reminded me of Lesley Pearse, without the social commentary; of Martina Cole, without the cockney dialect. In fact, if this novel had a personality, it’d be straightforward and down-to-earth – perhaps even a little bit simple, like the loner for whom Cox has named her story. Davie Adams is a deeply good young man from Blackburn who leaves home, hearth and family under tragic circumstances in 1955, and makes his way in an uncertain world. Buy this book if you like happy endings.


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