Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Book Review: One upon a Timepiece - Starr Wood

Synopsis - When Conrad Sands returns a wristwatch to an old flame after 20 years apart, a remarkable chain of events begins.

The watch passes through the hands of a gold-digger, a journalist, an enchantress, and a professor.  It touches the lives of a rogue art collector, a domestic helper, and an environmental campaigner.  It influences a reverend's apprentice, a kept wife, and a self-made man.  All of them are strangers, yet all are intricately linked in ways that none of them see.

Review - I was asked if I would like to review this book for Bo Tree Books.  I was intrigued by the blurb and so pleased that I accepted this book for review.

Starr Wood is a journalist, writer and economist.  He graduated from the LSE and began his career as a journalist working for a variety of news media in London and the Middle East.

Many journalists turn their hand to writing novels but not of them all make the transition quite so impressively.  Storytelling is an art and in this collection of short stories we really see this at its best.  Once Upon a Timepiece is what it says on the tin.  The timepiece, an antique Breitling with a nice price tag is the centrepiece of this book.  The Brietling is given to Conrad Sands as a present and he wishes to return it to its previous owner.  In each story we learn how and where the watch travels and glimpse into the lives of the people who come into contact with the timepiece.  Each chapter/story stands alone, so the book can be picked up and put down at the readers convenience.

Each story is beautifully told with wonderful descriptions which take the reader right into its heart.  I found myself transported into each setting with the characters, I could see exactly where they were and what they were doing.  This is writing at its best and there was nothing that could be predicted as each story had a subtle twist at the end.

If, like me, you haven't been big on short stories then I believe this may change your mind.  Highly recommended. 5*

ISBN 9780992770204
Kindle edition: ASIN: B00H9QPSFA

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