Twenty One Locks

In the blurry landscape of looking after sick people, a landscape of which I can no longer remember when it started and I've no idea when it will end, I loved Laura Barton's Twenty-One Locks. It's a beautiful book, a book written out of intense love for a particular small town, and I would wager that it has poignancy for many like me, who have never spent time in the north of England, but who have lived in small towns. Many scenes in Twenty-One Locks take part in public toilets, and at times I thought I could write on those walls "Laura loves similes". 4 eva, even. But it works. I hope she writes more novels.

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