Every Eye by Isobel English

Every Eye has the distinction of being the first Persephone book I have read. The Persephone books can be easily distinguished by their grey covers and lovely end papers, taken from the period in which the book was written. I do suggest looking at their website, but beware – you may fall in love with these beautiful books and want to collect them all!

This book was a surprising library find for me – surprising because a) I’m in Australia, a long long way from Persephone Books and b) my library is generally not known for fiction other than very popular bestsellers and romances.

Back to the book – the book contains an introduction by the author’s husband, which sets the background of the book. The book is told in both the past and the present – the present being the protagonist’s honeymoon with her younger husband and the past being a more unsuitable liaison as a younger woman. The past is triggered by Hattie learning about the death of her Aunt Cynthia as well as returning to Ibiza on her honeymoon. It can be a little difficult at first to work out if it’s in the past or present (no changes of fonts here) but the book rolls along in its beautiful, gentle prose. It conjures beautiful images in a gentle manner and the reader slowly learns more about Hattie and her history all in good time.

This is a short read but demands your attention to take in all that is going on.

Read it if: you enjoy restrained fiction that opens your eyes (think Revolutionary Road)

7 out of 10.

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  1. Congratulations on your first Persephone! I have yet to read one but they sound wonderful. This sounds like a great read. I loved Revolutionary Road even though it completely wounded me while I was reading it, so maybe I should get my hands on a copy of this.

    1. It’s not as in-your-face as Revolutionary Road (have you seen the movie? I thought it was a fantastic adaptation). I’m contemplating making an order in the future just to look at all the pretty end pages!

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