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Perfect

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Perfect, Rachel Joyce, book reviewByron Hemmings is a clever boy with an equally clever best friend James Lowe. When they hear about adding an extra two seconds, the idea astounds them both. But then Byron notices his watch moving backwards at the exact time the accident happened, and nothing will ever be the same. Together, these boys attempt to put things right during that spring and summer of 1972. 40 years later, the mental institution that Jim has been in and out of since he was 16 is closing its doors. Now Jim has to figure out how to live in the real world, and how to protect it from any harm he might cause. In this fascinating story, told in chapters that alternate between 1972 and 40 years later, Rachel Joyce (author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) once again takes us on a uniquely personal journey in her second novel Perfect.


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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, book reviewYesterday I finished reading one of the most remarkable books that I have read for a long time. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and given rave reviews in pretty much every broadsheet newspaper going, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a growing word-of-mouth book phenomenon that seems to be popping up everywhere I go, rather like David Nicholls’ One Day did a couple of years ago. Personally I felt that One Day was over-rated, which is perhaps why my vague association between it and Rachel Joyce’s debut novel meant it has taken me so long to finally read the latter. But I have done, and I’m so glad I did. This was a book that truly reminded me just why it can be so very rewarding investing your time in a novel.


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