Guardian Review

Guardian Review

The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean, reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer

McCaughrean is a stylist. Her prose is a pleasure to read, and reads as if it was a pleasure to write. There's a lightness about it, a whimsical humour, and a singular relish for language. Gracie, for instance, interrogates the ghosts about their past lives with "the ruthlessness of a thrush thrashing a snail against a rock". Later, she visits seaside arcades where "shining stacks of pennies moved like glaciers towards the brink until, in reaching the rim, they loosed noisy cataracts of plashing cash into troughs". LINDA BUCKLEY-ARCHER

My daughter attended an OUP promotional event at Birmingham Central Library last Thursday, where McCaughrean was apparently on highly entertaining form. She asked me afterwards if I'd ever met her. I was able to say, "Yes, many moons ago, I sat next to her at dinner at the Ivy." :)