We have been reading…

Time for our second book recommendation, and we have chosen All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Set against the brutal backdrop of World War 2, this enthralling novel winds its way through the lives of a French blind girl and an orphaned German boy, until their paths eventually collide.

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of 6. Her locksmith father builds a miniature replica of the Parisian neighbourhood in which she lives, to allow her to feel her way through the streets. When they are forced to flee to her reclusive Great-Uncle Etienne’s tall house in Saint-Malo, he builds a new model city for her – but this one contains a dangerous secret. Werner lives with his sister Jutta in an orphanage near Essen, where they are regularly transfixed by the voice of a Frenchman who speaks of Science over their makeshift radio. Werner’s natural affinity with the technology of radiowave transmitters saves him from working in the local mine by bringing him to the attention of the Nazis.

It is a story of resilience, courage, obsession, redemption and (possibly) the curse of a goddess.

This story will draw you in until you become lost in its maze-like depths. Ultimately, you will emerge, moved, enchanted and blinking into the daylight. “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

Try Forum Bookshop in Corbridge to buy or order your copy now.