Around the Houses – Amanda Boulter

images (2) images (1)I remember years ago being at the lesbian book show in York. One of the writers there that year was Amanda Boulter – talking about her new book ‘Around the Houses’ she read from it. She mentioned how she had wanted to make it into a kind of British version of ‘Tales of the City’. Well, I have FINALLY got around to reading it. I really enjoyed this book, fell in with the lives of the characters right from the start. Amanda really made me feel part of all their goings on… She has created the same kind of alternative family as those in the ‘Tales’ series of books, which I really liked. There is also a nod to ‘Tales of the City’ with some of the names she used, ie Anna and Madrigal. Amanda has used the same trick of short and sweet chapters that take you from one story to the next but as with Armistead they all convene together at the end!

I highly recommend this book, and have just ordered the follow up ‘Back Around the Houses

Around the Houses (Five Star)

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