The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

Published by Borough Press


‘What a word it is – home – a million meanings packed up in a giant handkerchief and hanging from a pole which we carry across our shoulder.’

Meet Augusta Hope, from Hedley Green, and Parfait, from Burundi: two extraordinary people who dream of escaping their very different lives. Through Augusta and Parfait’s intertwining stories, this astonishingly moving debut explores the meaning of home and the different places we find love, how we cope when we lose it and the role of fate in helping us find it again.

Release date: 13th June 2019

Apparently 2019 is my year for reading the stories of slightly eccentric women and I’m loving it!

This book is a split perspective novel, telling the stories of Augusta, a British woman who wants to travel the world to escape her home life and Parfait, a man from Burundi who decides to make a break for it to avoid the ongoing civil war.

Their lives are very different but at the same time there are huge similarities that lead to their lives being intertwined in unexpected ways, even if they don’t know it yet.

Augusta is a fascinating character – she’s not likable, exactly, she has a lot of feelings but she’s awful at expressing them and, paired with the fact that she wants ‘more’ from life than just settling down where she is, she’s always at odds with her family and struggles to find her place in the world. She’s the youngest twin and doesn’t measure up to the ideal that her parents have in Julia, the eldest. Be ready to grab the tissues though, this book has some incredibly sad moments in it. The writing is beautiful and keeps you invested in every single page.

I love the author’s writing style and can honestly say I loved both of the main characters equally. The story is thought-provoking on the topics of home, belonging and family love, it’s given me plenty to mull over before I choose my next read.  Above all, this book gave me all sorts of feelings!

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