SPEAK­ING VOL­UMES

A chaotic life is re­built with books in Girl With Dove by Sally Bay­ley

The Simple Things - - FRESH | JUNE THINGS -

This lovely, beau­ti­fully odd mem­oir reads like a novel and cel­e­brates all that is won­der­ful and restor­ing in the world of words. Sally Bay­ley’s child­hood was chaotic and strange. She grew up in a run­down house on the south coast where her aunt ran a cult, men were for­bid­den, singing and wail­ing was nor­mal, and fa­thers were largely ab­sent. When her lit­tle brother dis­ap­peared from his pram, Sally turned to read­ing to try and solve the mys­ter­ies in her life. Jane Eyre, Dick­ens’ ec­cen­tric, staunch Bet­sey Trot­wood and the un­stop­pable Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s quiet but all-con­quer­ing de­tec­tive, trans­formed her life, when ev­ery­thing else seemed to be head­ing to­ward wreck and ruin. ( Wil­liam Collins)

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