Pedalling Backwards

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
On a bleak, muddy island in the Blackwater Estuary, Lizzie struggles to come to terms with the loss of her unborn child and the death of her sister. Trapped in a damp cottage with her ineffectual but well-meaning husband, and her aloof parents, the things that are said and left unsaid on this strained family holiday threaten the complex ties between mothers and fathers and their daughters. More
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About Julia Russell

Julia Russell was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. Educated in Paris and Oxford, she now lives in Cambridge with her daughter. Pedalling Backwards is her debut novel. @juliakhrussell.

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Reviews of Pedalling Backwards by Julia Russell

Paul Samael reviewed on Sep. 28, 2014

This is a very well written literary novel. Based on the blurb, you could be forgiven for thinking that it might be a teeny bit hard going – and be warned that Lizzie, the narrator, can be infuriating at times. But finding out why she was behaving that way was one of the reasons I kept reading. The other main reason was the quality of the writing - for instance, I found myself nodding in recognition at the depictions of the awkwardness of group and family behaviour in the various “set pieces” on the island (the novel weaves between these and Lizzie reflecting on various events in her past – not just the loss of her baby, but her relationship with her sister as well).

It may not be to everyone’s taste, but I really enjoyed it - for a longer review, which may help you decide if this is your cup of tea, see:
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Erna Buber-deVilliers reviewed on Jan. 3, 2013

Spellbinding. Not one word too few or too many. This book will stay with me.
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