One book I’ve read over the Christmas holidays is Barbara Trapido‘s novel Brother of the More Famous Jack. I thoroughly enjoyed Barabara Trapido’s writing, her style draws the reader in. In this novel, she gives the reader a passionate insight into first love, how damaging it can be when it ends, especially as the young woman narrating her story not only falls in love with the eldest son of a large family but also with the family itself. She charts her recovery and subsequent restoration of herself, her own sense of wellbeing, as well as within that family, with wry humour and acceptance of the love of the family’s second son. I loved it and found it a great read, much resonated with the fact that I have also married into a large family, good for the current moment, when I saw many of our lovely nephews and nieces over Christmas!