#amreading – What, Why, While :  Daffodils by Louise Beech  @LouiseWriter    @Bolindaaudio

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently listening to the audiobook memoir Daffodils.  This is only available (at the moment??) in audio format, and is published by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.  The narrator is Lesley Harcourt, who is just perfect!

Book Blurb  (from https://www.goodreads.com/  )

Louise has revealed the harrowing story in which she reflects on her life and the bridge incident that shook her family to the core.

Content warning: suicide.

2019. Dawn. The River Humber. A misty February walk. Surprise early daffodils. A picture taken. Then forgotten. Because five hours later my world shattered.

My mother jumped off the Humber Bridge. Had those yellow flowers not delayed me, I might have been there. Could I have stopped her?

In the aftermath of this violent act, I turned to my writing, to my beloved siblings, to our only uncle. I was forced to look at events that led to this suicide attempt. At relationships wrecked by alcoholism. At chronic depression. At our care records. At my childhood. At my mother. At buried trauma never fully explored before. At myself …

When I much later found the picture of those surprise daffodils, I knew it was time to write about that day. I began typing the story that inspired so many of my fictional characters, that shaped the testing things they endured.

My own story.

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I have been following Louise Beech on Twitter for many years, and read most of her novels.   It is difficult to pick a favourite of Louise Beech’s books, but the first book I read of hers has a special place in my heart:  https://emmabbooks.com/how-to-be-brave-by-louise-beech/   You can find all my Louise Beech book reviews by going to EmmabBooks.com and typing Beech in the search field. 

Louise’s novels are always wonderful, always deeply meaningful and always very powerful, so I wanted to read her memoir to find out more about this outstanding author, and her life. 

Louise Beech’s website is at:  https://louisebeech.co.uk/my-writing/ 

While (I am reading it)

I went to Salzburg – such a beautiful city at any time of the year, with meandering pedestrian only streets in the Old Town which suddenly turn into large open squares.  The parks are also beautiful and of course there is the wide Salzach river flowing through the city.    This is a picture of Mirabell Gardens (I had to wait for ages to get it this empty!)


All the best, Emma

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