Edwina Spinner is elderly and alone in a house that, although was once a hive of activity, is now simply too big for her to cope with now that she has no immediate family or friends. Aware her current predicament will never change for the better, she decides the only answer is to sell this grand house in order to move and live out her remaining years in a smaller, but peaceful abode. But before she can do that she has to make an effort to get this house on the market and that involves immersing herself in the past as memories of the life she used to live before are in every nook and cranny of this house. Although the rooms are all vacant now, it wasn’t always like this and as Edwina takes the young estate agent on a tour of her home, room by room, she begins to recall a past which consisted of two husbands, twins, a difficult ex-wife and a solemn step-son. It soon becomes apparent that family life in this home wasn’t the family Edwina had envisaged and what begins as a tale of everyday dynamics soon turns into a tragic tale of broken families and ultimately broken hearts and the deeper Edwina falls back on these memories the more we learn about the tragedy she and her family endured whilst living within these walls.
Moving is an intricately written story with an extensive plot and is quite a meaty book to get through, but it is beautiful in its subject matter and a realisation that time catches up with all of us and not many of us get to go back and mend past demeanours. This is more of a portrayal of the aftermath of divorce and the mess and often dire consequences that ripple throughout the continuing years. It is also a brutally honest account of how much damage divorce and separation can do to children and indeed the future generation.
It is a wonderful story to immerse yourself in and find yourself seeing the argument from both the adult and the child’s side of the story.
Moving is out now to buy.
Quite Simply; you either love or hate India Knight…That is one realisation that I have come to after years of reading her columns and her books. India herself is a marmite character and this spills over into her books. Therefore In Your Prime can only really be appreciated if you approach it with the concept in mind that India has a unique style all of her own and is never afraid to tell it like it is. However, once you come to understand her wit, her style is often heavily laced with sarcasm, you soon come to admire her no-nonsense approach to life.
In your prime is not a manual of how to be but rather a more humorous look and realistic approach to entering your forties and fifties, whilst trying to keep at least a little of your dignity intact! India discusses everything from clothes, health and relationships, to coping with families along with the menopause. Having been a fan of India’s high-spirited approach to life for some time now it has to be said that this book is full of comments/ideas/acknowledgements which I believe that many of us as women often think but very rarely admit to out loud (being a columnist gives India free reign though!).
It actually makes the whole subject she writes about more approachable and less taboo, after all if we can’t have a laugh at this time of life when can we? There are also snippets of comments worth while though, for instance in a discussion about being in the same age bracket as Madonna but wishing she would let up with this youthful fascination look, ‘I wish just one woman in the public eye would relax about middle age.’
In your Prime is a refreshing and alternative view to this often confusing period of time in a woman’s life, but perhaps ease yourself into India’s writing style before you attempt this one!
In Your Prime is out now to buy.