Emotionally beautiful and rewarding, this LoveReading Star Book was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2019.
A different, emotionally beautiful and rewarding debut about love, hope, and all the strange little things that come together to make up a family. Augusta and Parfait, born on different continents into different worlds, both want to leave everything behind but does that ever solve anything? What a first sentence! Those few words stayed with me throughout the entire book, sitting, waiting, every now and then tapping me on the shoulder to say hello. I so love how this story unfolds, two separate tales, are they on a collision course or destined to remain forever apart? Joanna Glen has set intricate strands from the past coiling and twisting together through to the present to create a feeling of tension and mystery. While undeniably and wonderfully quirky, there is a real sense of warmth here, even when your heart may feel as though it is about to crack in two. As I read I found myself filling up with love for The Other Half of Augusta Hope. It has been chosen as a Debut of the Month and a LoveReading Star Book too, as it really is that gorgeous!
Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.
At six, she's memorising the dictionary. At seven, she's correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.
And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.
When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta's life, she's propelled headfirst into the unknown. She's determined to find where she belongs - but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?
|Publication date:||26th December 2019|
|Publisher:||The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 10/07/2022
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Two very different, engaging characters from thousands of miles apart and extremely different backgrounds. How and why are their absorbing life stories so inextricably linked? This enjoyable tale will introduce on a roller-coaster of emotions through a range many carefully observed life observations. It will draw a reader in and keep them focused, hoping that certain decisions will be made. This book would make a great holiday addition.
A wonderful story, where two very different character's lives are revealed in absorbing alternate chapters. We meet Augusta, an awkward girl with a twin sister from a safe English suburb. On the other side of the world, we enter Parfait's story. A boy is growing up surrounded by situations of desperation in Burundi, Africa.
There are clear similarities between these two well-portrayed figures, so much so, that I just had to read on to follow each decision they both made.
Tragedy, humour and careful observation in this inter-woven tale, will engage you and keep you grasped. This would be a great book to read on holiday.
An enjoyable story with fascinating characters.
Augusta Hope has a twin sister, Julia but they are not identical by any means. Julia is the more conventional twin who aims to please her parents, while Augusta feels different, like that she has never fitted in and is at odds with how the rest of her family think and behave.
Burundi, in Africa, is a country that Augusta picks out on the map and decides is her favourite country and begins to learn everything she can about it. Her story set in a small town in middle England runs alongside the story of Parfait who lives in Burundi. He is longing to escape and has dreams of a better life in another country.
At first this seems quite odd, these two stories running alongside each other when the only connection is that Burundi is Augusta’s favourite country, but all soon becomes clear.
An interesting story that although is a slow-burner really grows on you and you start to love the characters, very enjoyable.
A book full of emotions that will leave you looking at the world and loved ones in a slightly different way!
This book begins by following twin sisters, Augusta and Julia, who couldn't be more different from each other. It explores the family dynamics and also the simplicity and naivety of growing up.
The flip side to this book is a boy called Parfait, who lives in a war-stricken and violent country is facing challenges of an entirely different sort to the twin sisters.
Without giving much away, their stories end up interlinking in a way that you couldn't imagine and the consequences impact on both the lives of Augusta and Parfait.
This book is full of emotion and makes you wonder if a single action by one person can change the lives of others. It's also full of loss and longing.
I loved the character development and it kept me hooked until the end, to know where their paths would end.
'I found it both a mesmerisingly beautiful portrait of a young woman discovering what home means to her, and a poignant depiction of how our actions can touch other people's lives in ways we could never have anticipated. Augusta and Parfait are wonderful characters; I was willing them on to find the happiness and peace they both deserved' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus
'Joanna Glen weaves a uniquely heartening and hopeful story. A story about pain, the solace of words and our search to belong, to a place, to a person. Welcome to the world of the wonderful Augusta Hope' Jess Kidd, author Himself and Things in Jars
'Without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read - an extraordinary masterpiece' Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
'Absolutely brilliant - quirky, original, funny, moving and wonderfully written. Basically, it's everything I love in a novel; Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods
'The most gutsy, endearing and entertaining meditation on the meaning of human existence that you're ever likely to read' Deborah Orr
Joanna Glen read Spanish at the University of London, with a stint at the Faculty of Arts at Cordoba University in the south of Spain. She went on to teach Spanish and English to all ages, and, latterly, was a school principal in London. Joanna's short fiction has appeared in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. She lives with her husband and children on the River Thames in Battersea, returning to Andalusia whenever it gets too grey.More About Joanna Glen