Common Ground by Naomi Ishiguro – Our Review


Our Review…

Naomi Ishiguro, is the daughter of acclaimed author Kazuo Ishiguro and in her debut novel we find there are similarities in this beautifully crafted story of poverty, prejudice and tribute to friendship that we find in her father’s work.

Thirteen year old Stanley lives near Goshawk Common in Surry and escapes his gloomy, widowed mother by sailing on his bike and observing nature. After a broken chain, he is rescued by Charlie, older, worldly and colourful with his smoking, boxing and wide extended family who embrace Stanley but warn him their friendship will be frowned upon.

It is a testament to youth and the non-judgemental friendship that can last a lifetime in spite of racism { Charlie is Romany, Gypsy } which impacts as they grown to adulthood and life and love rocks the boat from time to time. In their darkest moments there is light and love that overcomes all the darkness. One of the most moving and exciting books I’ve read in a long time. My favourite so far this year!

Sue @ Great Escape Books