A Blindefellows Chronicle

By Auriel Roe

A composite comic novel; thirteen interconnected stories that take place over forty years. Its setting is Blindefellows, a second rate public school in the West Country

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Call for reviews, if you have a moment

Dearest Patrons, Since publication a month and a half ago, it's lovely to see the reviews starting to come in, like this one today by a top Goodreads reviewer.  I know it's hard to find a moment of free time these days, but I'd be grateful to you if you could pop a review or even just a rating on Amazon and/or Goodreads - it will help the book along.  I had such fun writing it and I hope many will have fun reading it so please spread the word!   

A Blindefellows Chronicle by Auriel Roe
My rating:
5 of 5 stars
A Blindefellows Chronicle 
by Auriel Roe (Goodreads Author) 
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Paul's review Sep 15, 2017
it was amazing
bookshelves: books-read-in-2017, last-ten-books-read 

I really enjoyed this book. It's not a novel so much as a series of interconnected short stories, all based in the same (slightly bizarre and endearingly wonderful) location and the same cast (more or less; characters come and go).

One of the things I liked about the book is the way time moves on a few years with each tale, effectively giving the reader a sense of progression and character growth. These characters do grow, too. Some of them are almost unrecognisable from their old selves by the end of the book.

Most importantly, while it's mostly quite a gentle type of humour, I found it very funny. I only laughed aloud twice but I never stopped smiling and chuckling inwardly. It's also a very British humour, so Anglophiles will probably love this book.

The faculty of the titular Blindefellows School actually reminded me of nothing so much as the wizardly staff of Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University... in a good way! Comparisons with Pratchett is about as high as praise gets from me, when it comes to comedy. I look forward to reading Roe's next book.

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