Shine by Candy Gourlay, reviewed by Philip Ardagh
Gourlay has created something very special here; a precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.
It is not necessary to know that Gourlay herself is an exile of sorts, having left the Philippines to make a home in London, but – lifting that curtain and taking another peep at the mechanics of it all – it does help to explain her insight. (That and the fact that she’s a darned good writer.)