The Distance Between Us – Maggie O’Farrell

Another enjoyable, angst ridden novel by Maggie O’Farrell, although in this one the path of true love does seem to run a little bit more smoothly than in After You’d Gone.

One half of this is the tale of Scottish-Italian twins, with brief glimpses of the love and lives of their parents and grandparents, their relationships with one another (good) and the significant relationships with people they encounter from schooldays onwards (generally bad).

The other half tells the story of another cultural hotchpotch – Jake, born of a short lived on-the-road-relationship between his hippy Welsh mother and vanished Scottish father, and brought up from birth, single-handedly by his mother in Hong Kong.

Maggie O’Farrell reveals details of her characters piecemeal all the way through the novel, and jumps between times and locations right up to the very end. Some might find this frustrating, but to me it is rather like the way in which you find out about the history, hopes and hang ups of the friends you make in real life.

Amazon.co.uk link: The Distance Between Us – Maggie O’Farrell