Thursday, May 31

Book Review: The Newspaper of Claremont Street

Title: The Newspaper of Claremont Street

Author: Elizabeth Jolley

Pages: EBook 177

Summary: Weekly, an old cleaning lady known as 'the newspaper', dreams of escape from the parasitic demands of the past and the present.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: An unusual read, with an ending that was different, but an overall enjoyable read.

The story line was unusual, as was the main character and I'm still undecided on how much I liked her. She was defiantly a very original character, especially compared to what I usually read, but I'm still not sure what to make of her.  The ending is kind of odd, and again it's something I'm not to sure what to make of it, I kind of liked it, but also thought it was highly weird and odd.

The writing and voice of the author is what really grabbed me. Jolley has a very distinct voice and it comes through in her writing. My favourite aspect of the book was its narrative and writing style. It made for a pleasant read, even with an odd cast of characters and plot. Something about the writing just enabled me to be lost in it. Everything about the book all came together well, it was just an unusual book. I think that's the best word for it. Not a bad unusual, just unusual. But a book well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, I found this book because of another blogger, and it ended up being a good read. So I'll pass it on and tell other to read it. It's definitely a book that will have me trying out the author at some point in time.

What to read next: I'd read more by the author as well as anything by Penelope Fitzgerald


  1. I love books with unusual characters and plots, so this one is probably going to be just my cup of tea. I love your blog Jules, because it exposes me to so many great little hidden gems. Wonderful review today!

    1. This would be a book you would really enjoy. The characterization is probably one you would love.

  2. I love unusual book with unique characters and plots, so this one sounds amazing to me. I love your blog Jules, because you are always introducing me to hidden gems like this one. Great review today!