Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson- Paperback or Kindle?

I've just received one of those slim cardboard packages from Amazon with an easy-open tear-off strip which revealed The Lantern, the latest book by Deborah Lawrenson which she describes as a 'modern Gothic novel set in Provence'. I can't wait!
I love the smell of cardboard and new books as I rip them open, and the breeze on my face from the creamy pages as I thumb through them. Mm! You can't get that sensory heaven from a Kindle, although it is probably exciting when it arrives, but you only get that feeling once.
I met Deborah Lawrenson at a party a few years ago, and she was very kind and helpful with suggestions on how to get my novel published. It had taken her two and a half years to get The Art of Falling into the shops because it was a new direction for her after writing three other successful books. I was very impressed and bought it from Waterstones on my way home the next day!
It tells of Isabel's search for her father, Tom. Her story is in the present and his is set in Italy at the start of World War II. In fact I liked it so much, I must get it out again and read it.
I often like to do that: read the books by a particular author one after another, and really immerse myself in their world. And of course, although we all know about the convenience of owning a Kindle: instant downloads and easy to take your library on holiday, nothing beats displaying the works of your favourite author in a colour coordinated row on your bookshelf!


  1. It is a good read,full of perfume and suspence! Deborah like my blog and I had no idea who she was .Once I realized I asked her to become a friend of Truro Community Library here in Truro where I work. I also promoted the Lantern on the library facebook site.She is a lovely enthusiastic person and I think this book is doing very well .Perhaps you would like to take a look at our library google Truro Community Library Facebook Project and have alook at what we are up to , all the best Angela

  2. Thanks Angela,
    It's a small world, isn't it? Your library blog sounds interesting, I'll have a look.
    Best Wishes,

  3. I'm with you there Jean, nothing really beats a new print book, there is something so sensory about them and although I have an e-reader it's simply not the same!