Inheritance by Nicholas Shakespeare

I saw Inheritance in the bookstore and was intrigued by the black and white cover (who says cover art doesn’t play a role?) and the blurb on the back looked pretty good too. What made me put it back was the price. Fortunately, the ebook version was much cheaper and I sacrificed the lovely cover art for more book-buying money.

 

 

The cover I liked

 

My ebook cover…a little less interesting

 

Although the author is based in the UK, Inheritance has a link with Australians (and particularly West Australians). It opens to a young man searching for iron ore deposits out from Marble Bar and has several chapters describing Perth very realistically (although I hope the bushfire part doesn’t come true).

 

After the mysterious miner in the prologue, we meet Andy who has a dead end job at a self-help publishing house and who runs very late for his late teacher’s funeral. Unfortunately for Andy, he has the wrong funeral but doesn’t leave. Later, he finds that he is one of the people who inherit Christopher Madigan’s estate, simply because he attended the funeral. He is now a millionaire many times over.

 

Of course it goes to Andy’s head- women, cars, holidays- but he is increasingly intrigued to find out about his mysterious benefactor. We then move into Christopher’s backstory and find out about his life.

 

I found Christopher a more engaging character than Andy, who seems a bit driftless and lacking. The ending is a little ambiguous but I can’t think of any other conclusion.

Inheritance dragged for me at times (mainly Andy’s story- I felt the teacher and book link was a bit underdeveloped) but the backstory of Christopher was interesting, maybe because of the Australian link. Probably not the best book I’ve read, but interesting enough and I like the interweaving of stories.

 

7 out of 10.

6 thoughts on “Inheritance by Nicholas Shakespeare

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  1. I thought that apart from some beautiful turns of phrase this one was a stinker. I gave it 2/5 stars. I’m quite keen to try another of his stories, as I’ve heard they are very good.

  2. Cover art, can play an amazing part in choosing between books & sometimes whilst blogging, I see a book I have, with a better looking cover & wished it was the version I had.

    1. I’m beginning to think ebooks are the way to go if you’re not 100% certain about a book. If you don’t like it, you can console yourself by saying it (usually) cost only half as much as the physical book.

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