I'm slowly beginning to realise that most of the books I read these days involve someone going on a journey or running away.. I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean, but I'm sure a pyscologist could read a lot into it!
The English Girl by Katherine Webb follows the same theme; Joan leaves behind her home in 1950's England to travel to Arabia. She dreams of being an archeologist and of not only following in her heroes footsteps, but also being the first at something herself!
Once we (the reader) are introduced to Joan's heroin Maude, we get to not only travel along with Joan but also revisit Maude on her own adventures a century earlier.
This book is brilliantly written as it address so many issues, not just from the time it is set, but those that still exist now. From the way women are viewed by society to the politics of oil in Arab countries, with a sidestep to gay relationships and local customs.
I found it incredibly fascinating to read, I'm definitely an explorer at heart; and whilst I'm lucky to travel as much as I do, I'm not quite as brave as Joan.. even though she herself doesn't realise how courageous she actually is!
Full of suspense and questions begging to be answered, this book will keep you turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next. The characters are wonderfully diverse and complicated, and while their individual motives can be tricky to understand at the beginning, ultimately it comes down to doing what you think is right!
I would definitely recommend you give this book a read when it's released on March 24th 2016. I couldn't put it down, and if you're interested in history, travel or social expectations then this is definitely the book for you!
If you do give it a read, I'd love to know your thoughts! So drop me a comment below.. (please?)
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