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BOOK OF THE WEEK: Matchstick Man by Julia Kelly

By Spalding Reporter

The team at Bookmark in Spalding present their choice for this week:

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her.

Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored.

Matchstick Man by Julia Kelly. Bookmark's Book of the Week. (10276593)
Matchstick Man by Julia Kelly. Bookmark's Book of the Week. (10276593)

But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man’s mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie’s disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations.

An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

Matchstick Man (RRP £8.99) is available at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, at £6.99. There's a further 20% off with the voucher in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale until May 22).


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