Sample Saturday – whales, saving a child and an agoraphobic


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Why I have it: When I was very little my dad showed me photos he’d taken at a whaling station in Western Australia. The exposed blubber and men in waders, hosing blood and guts into the ocean are burned on my brain to this day.

Summary: A turn of the century whaling story (where the Killer Whales act like sheep dogs).

I’m thinking: Yes – the language is quaint and I think I’ll love main character, Mary.

Early One Morning by Virginia Bailey

Why I have it: Saw it in my favourite book shop but had already bought two books… Such restraint.

Summary: Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family. Claiming the woman’s son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands his return; only as the trucks depart does she realize what she has done.

I’m thinking: No. Too descriptive (in a ‘tell’ rather than ‘show’ kind of way).

Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliot

Why I have it: Because I missed out on an ARC…

Summary: 35-year-old Miriam hasn’t left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper but that all ends with this story.

I’m thinking: Yes (first page or two I thought no, and then I got to the lists. I love stories told with lists).

2 responses

  1. My colleague has just added Early One Morning to her favourites selection at work…but she is about to head off for a month long holiday in Italy, so her current preferences may be suspect !! (All five Ferrante books are also in her selection 🙂

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