BookReview of Attend by West Camel @west_camel @annecater @orendabooks #teamorenda #blogtour #attend

Posted December 23, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 7 Comments

BookReview of Attend by West Camel @west_camel @annecater @orendabooks #teamorenda #blogtour #attend

Attend by West Camel
Published by Orenda Books on May 1, 2019
Pages: 276

When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah. Seamstress, sailor, storyteller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.

My Review

Wow, this book is breathtaking, the words on the pages transpire into a beautiful and authentic storyline. One which will stay with you long after you have finished the book. West Camel where have you been! This debut is mesmerising.

The story follows Anne, a recovering drug addict who lost everything and Sam, a gay man who moved to Deptford for the flashy bars and men. The mysterious Deborah links them all, turns up unexpectedly and always seems surprised, all the while telling her story to them both and the story behind her fabric.

That is all I will say about the plot because to say anymore could potentially ruin it for you. What I will say, it is a page-turner as you become addicted to the three characters wanting to learn more, you have a need to find out more. As I said I was mesmerised, as slowly each chapter revealed something new, as we live the day-to-day with Anne and Sam and the “magical” one with Deborah.

When I picked up this book I was not sure what to expect, but what I got was something unexpected. The emotions I felt, watching Anne rebuild her life and Sam learning what it is to truly be alive.

The writing is quite simply stunning. The story is magical. I felt I was really seeing Deptford, picturing the idyllic houses on the estates, smelling the smells, hearing the sounds. All the while reinforcing that connection between people is strong and we all need it no matter what level sometimes we receive it, but it makes us truly alive.

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author and publisher for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About West Camel

Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village
with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in
higher education and business before turning his attention to the
arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist,
and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best
European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press
Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his
work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide
range of material for various arts organisations, including ghostwriting
a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the
European Literature Network. He has also written several short
scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres,
A highly anticipated debut, blending the magical realism of Angela Carter
and the gritty authenticity of Eastenders
and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel.

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7 responses to “BookReview of Attend by West Camel @west_camel @annecater @orendabooks #teamorenda #blogtour #attend

  1. I’m really Dim. I’ve seen Loads of posts about this book and pondeted about the title. I’ve just realised West Camel is the writers name ???Great review. I’ve seen moths but praise for it.