First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday – ‘Perfect’ by Rachel Joyce


First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea – it’s is a weekly meme where you share the first paragraph (or two) from a book you are considering reading.

At the beginning of the year I made a resolution to every so often buy a book that I’ve never heard of before encountering it in the bookstore. Even though I’m currently on a self-imposed book-buying-ban, I did receive a book voucher for my birthday so yay, off I went to the bookshop. And I bought Perfect by Rachel Joyce.

The prologue begins –

“In 1972, two seconds were added to time. Britain agreed to join the Common Market, and ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ by the New Seekers was the entry for Eurovision. The seconds were added because it was a leap year and time was out of joint with the movement of the Earth. The New Seekers did not win the Eurovision Song Contest but that had nothing to do with the Earth’s movement and nothing to do with the two seconds either.”

The addition of time terrified Byron Hemmings. At eleven years old he was an imaginative boy. He lay awake, picturing it happen, and his heart flapped like a bird. He watched clocks, trying to catch them at it. ‘When will they do it?’ he asked his mother.”

I was born in 1972 and I love Eurovision so there was enough in those opening paragraphs to make me hand over my store voucher in exchange for the book. Rather than asking ‘buy it or bin it?’ as I usually do, this time I’ll ask have you read Perfect or heard anything about it? And does the video below tempt you further?

10 responses

  1. That’s such a fantastic little resolution to have. And yet, I think I have a problem buying too many anyway 😛

    The book sounds fantastic. Trailer is interesting too

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