New Book – I won’t be Home for Christmas by Amanda Prowse


Publishing year: 2016

I have only read the prologue of this new book by Amanda Prowse, who is one of my favourite authors.

In the prologue we are introduced to two eight-year-old girls, Ellen and Vivienne. It is 1971, and the girls are best friends but they are quite different. Ellen’s family life leaves much to be desired as we understand that her mother is an alcoholic who by the end of the day she is drunk and then one of her eldest children have to haul her up to her bedroom. There is no mention to a father, so I imagine that Ellen’s mum is widowed, divorced, or maybe her love life is not too steady and her children might even be of different fathers. We also understand that Ellen is not too pretty, and everything in her is quite rough.

Unlike her, Vivienne lives with her grandmother and mother, who she mentions, but we don’t know if there is a father for the girl. Vivienne seems to be better-looking, and we also understand that Vivienne is quite naive, and it is Ellen, who tells her all kinds of secrets and information that Ellen has got from her older siblings.

Despite the differences, the two girls are best friends. I imagine that maybe the story will jump in time and we will see what has happened to the two friends in present time. The beginning is quite promising, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about Ellen and Vivienne.


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