“How To Be Brave” by Louise Beech

be+brave+coverI only listened to ninety minutes of an eleven-hour book so I’m not giving a star rating but I’m certain this book is not for me.

I liked the story idea – nine-year-old-girl dramatically passes out and is diagnosed as having Type 1 diabetes, her mother has to cope with the consequences alone except for the perhaps ghostly intervention from a dead but still inspirational great-grandfather.

I feel bad about not liking this book beause is semi-autobiographical and I can feel the authenticity of the experience but that’s not enough. I found the pace slow, it’s a little over-written while still managing to be slightly dull. Where I’d hoped for passion, I found sentiment that verges on Hallmark.

I think I may not be nice enough for this book. I reacted badly to its wholesomeness.

Others may value this book for its uplifting message and the sincerity of the author and the love that obviously went into it, but I’m moving on.

I’ve added some information below about Louise Beech and an interview with her about this book in case you’d like to know more.

louise+beech+1Louise Beech has always been haunted by the sea, and regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. 
 
Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. 
 
Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull –the UK’s 2017 City of Culture –and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.  
 
She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show. 
 
This is her first book, based on her experience with her own daughter’s diagnosis and the true story of her grandfather, Colin.

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