Diana Janney gained two degrees in Philosophy from University College, London. She then qualified as a solicitor and subsequently practised as a barrister. She has lived for most of her adult life in Central London, is married and now writes full time.
Loss and grief across the generations is the focus of ‘A Man of Understanding’ by Diana Janney. When Rufus (renamed Blue) loses his parents he travels to Mallorca to stay with a grandparent he’s never met before, his Granga Horatio. A challenging new relationship begins and the pair slowly bond, learn about each other and figure out how to communicate through their love of poetry, art and culture. This is a well-written and flowing story and the poetry included is elegant - simple yet beautiful. The narrative drew me in and as I read I was urging both Blue and Horatio to just talk to one another and be honest, settling back slightly when the breakthrough moments happened and they gradually overcame their communication struggles. Blue’s friend John Thompson brings an interesting new dynamic. I think I liked his character the most as I found his clear minded straight-forwardness was sometimes a refreshing palate cleanser in between Blue and Horatio’s more vague and metaphorical style. This is a story of bereavement and a story of healing. ‘A Man of Understanding’ follows a road with several bumps, twists and turns but is ultimately a heart-warming tale. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Feisty heroine of the 21st century who will have massive appeal to young ladies and ladettes everywhere, Harriet is like most teenagers – precocious, overconfident, naive but vehemently determined. This debut novel is quirky, highly original and will be devoured by all those who loved Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole creation as well as the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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