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Because of You Reviews

Because of You by Dawn French

Because of You: The instant Sunday Times bestseller

Dawn French

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1 review

Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 15 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780718159313

THE EAGERLY AWAITED, LIFE-AFFIRMING AND MOVING SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM NUMBER-ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAWN FRENCH 'I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible' BERNARDINE EVARISTO

2 stars out of 5
Patricia Nicol
25 Oct 2020

"what most hampers the novel is its unevenness of style"

The unlikely plot is threadbare, the characters’ actions staggeringly implausible, but what most hampers the novel is its unevenness of style. As early as the opening chapter there are disconcerting mixes of narrative tense. Attempts at sketch-style humour and spiky observation puncture tragic moments. Words are spelt out in capitals for emphasis, mawkish sentiments in plangent repetitions. Apparently, French writes in longhand, then passes her notes to an assistant to type up. This reads like the verbatim result of that process rather than anything that has been edited.