Saturday, 15 December 2012

bookworm #14

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

After hearing good things about this book I bought it for Rich's Mum last Christmas... I then initiated my book borrowing rights and borrowed it right back! Cheeky? Probably. 

Anyway, this is a lovely story about a brother and sister, their relationship, lives and loves. From the off there are laugh-out-loud moments - the characters are funny, endearing and likeable - as well as parts which leave you deep in thought. Elly tells the story of her childhood in Essex, happier years in Cornwall with her family (and family additions!) and life in New York. It is one of those books where not much actually happens until about three quarters of the way through... but you don't realise. Its no bad thing; its a commentary on life, families and love. The story really develops towards the end of the book when Elly's family have to deal with a life-changing disaster; so well told, and hugely gripping. 

Would I recommend this? Yes! It's such a lovely read, you really warm to the characters as if they were your own family. The story lines are interesting, delivering shockers all the way through the novel. 

I'll leave you to discover why it is called 'When God was a Rabbit'!



  1. I absolutely adored this book, I read it at the beginning of the year and since then I've been searching for anything remotely similar! If you liked this one I would recommend Pigeon English too.

  2. I have this on my bookshelf, waiting in my queue. Excited to read it! :-) X

  3. I've been meaning to read this for a while, bought it in the summer and never got round to reading it-sound interesting though
    Daniella x


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