I received this book for free from the Random Things Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lost Properties of Love by Sophie Ratcliffe
on 7th February 2019
Published by William Collins Genres: Non-Fiction
Source: Random Things Tours
Reading Challenges: Reading Challenge 2019
What if you could tell the truth about who you are, without risking losing the one you love? This is a book about love affairs and why we choose to have them; a book for anyone who has ever loved and wondered what it is all about.
This is a book about the things we hide from other people. Love affairs, grief, domestic strife and the mess at the bottom of your handbag. Part memoir, part imagined history, in The Lost Properties of Love, Sophie Ratcliffe combines her own experience of childhood bereavement, a past lover, the reality about motherhood and marriage, with undiscovered stories about Tolstoy and trains, handbags and honeymoons to muse on the messiness of everyday life.
An extended train journey frames the action – and the author turns not to self-help manuals but to the fictions that have shaped our emotional and romantic landscape. Readers will find themselves propelled into Anna Karenina’s world of steam, commuting down the Northern Line, and checking out a New York El-train with Anthony Trollope’s forgotten muse, Kate Field.
As scenes in her own life collide with the stories of real and imaginary heroines, The Lost Properties of Love asks how we might find new ways of thinking about love and intimacy in the twenty-first century. Frank and painfully funny, this contemporary take on Brief Encounter – told to a backing track of classic 80s songs- is a compelling look at the workings of the human heart.
A young Sophie loses her father to cancer and this sets her life feeling like she lost such a big loss, she is looking for her loss everywhere and anywhere she goes. How much one loss can affect your life and even
This is half fiction and half true account of this authors life, her thoughts, secrets, love, affairs, loss and illness\disease etc
She shares her love of literacy mainly through Anna Karenina and Kate Field Characters. And she talks about how her life has many similarities to the characters above.
It is a shorter and a quick read coming in at just under 260 pages. It is excellently written.
Each chapter is a train journey from all different place.
But even though it is a short read, you will need to sit somewhere quiet to absorb Sophies funny and brilliant words.
It is honest, funny and thought-provoking.
A book that will be perfect for those who have loved and lost, who loves positivity, honesty, sometimes Laugh out Loud tellings and mother/parenthood.
A book that is thought-provoking, feel-good, emotive in so many ways, from different kinds of love and grief.
A book for looking back at the past, the memories, who love books and travelling.
Who loves fiction and memoirs who want something a little different to drive into.
Sophie Ratcliffe is an academic, writer, and literary critic.
She teaches English at the University of Oxford, where she is an Associate Professor and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.
She is the author of On Sympathy (Oxford University Press) and edited the authorised edition of P. G. Wodehouse’s letters.
In her academic work, she is interested in ideas of emotion and the history of how we feel.
She reviews regularly for the national press and has served as a judge of a number of literary prizes, including the Baillie Gifford and Wellcome Book Prize.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Reading Challenge 2019