The Still Point by Amy Sackville

This is the story of one day in the life of Julia, a woman in her early 30s, who drifts round her home, which has been in her family for over a century and daydreams. She is the family archivist and the house is full of treasures like stuffed polar bears. Her great-great uncle was a polar explorer who died and she is trying to piece together the story of his life.

It sounded intriguing to me, but actually I was a little bit bored by it. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize and I’m not entirely sure why. It is written in a very arty way as though we are observers – watching Julia as she wanders around the house. There are flashbacks to the polar expedition, which I enjoyed a lot more, although it made for traumatic reading.

During the long day, Julia discovers a family secret which changes her view of history and her family. It’s kind of a big deal, but still seems fairly unimportant, just like her husband possibly going off with another woman. Julia’s husband Simon is a more solid and believable character and the parts of the book which focused on him are more the sort of thing I’m used to reading.

I did really like the descriptions of the house and built up a really clear picture of it in my mind. This is no Jane Green-esque beautiful interior decoration, this is stuffed polar bears for goodness sake!

If you are interested in polar explorers and Victorian times, this might appeal. But otherwise, I wouldn’t bother. There are so many good books out there, it’s not worth wasting your energy on this one.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. thanks for linking this one in Sarah. Have a great week.

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  2. No worries, thanks for reminding me about your link, Carole! Have a good week too 🙂

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  3. I like secrets and Victorian times….love the cover too.

    THANKS for your post.

    Neat blog…NEW FOLLOWER.

    Stopping by from Carole’s November Books I Loved. I am in that list as #4.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

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  4. Welcome, Elizabeth. Thanks for following. I will check out your review and your blog.

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