I Stopped Time

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“Can you think of a really good memory? Perhaps you can see it when you close your eyes. Now, imagine you can take it out and look at it whenever you want to!” Turn of the century Brighton. A spark is ignited when wide-eyed Lottie Pye enters Mr Parker’s photographic studio and discovers the new medium that will shape her life. More

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About Jane Davis

Jane Davis is the author of nine thought-provoking novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won The Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ The Bookseller added her to their 'One to Watch' section. Compulsion Reads have called her 'a phenomenal writer whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless'. She has since published six further novels, These Fragile Things, I Stopped Time and A Funeral for an Owl, An Unchoreographed Life, An Unknown Woman (awarded Self-Published Book of the Year 2016 by Writing Magazine and the DSJT Charitable Trust) and My Counterfeit Self. Most recently, her novel Smash all the Windows won the Selfies (Best Independently-Published Work of Fiction) Award 2019. Jane's favourite description of fiction is 'made-up truth'.

She lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot her disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand.

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Jane Davis reads the first chapter from her novel, I Stopped Time.

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Jane reads the first chapter of her novel, I Stopped Time.

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Compulsion Reads reviewed on Sep. 12, 2013

When Sir James Hastings receives a truckload of mysterious boxes, he is displeased to discover they hold the entirety of his mother’s life in photographs, letters and other mementos. Sir James grew up in the void of his mother’s voluntary absence and never forgave her for it. When he reluctantly agrees to allow a young college student, Jenny, to review the materials for a class project, the two slowly piece together the life of an extraordinary woman.

I Stopped Time is a beautiful and lush novel and twines the personal narratives of Lottie Pye and her son, Sir James, as he discovers her story in the many photographs she left behind.

Lottie was born in 1901, and her life gives voice to the first half of the 20th century. Through her eyes, we watch the slow buildup to “The Great War” and the devastation it wreaks upon an entire generation of young Brits. We also discover the “magic” of photography as a young Lottie Pye wheedles her way into a local photography studio and learns how to stop time behind the lens of a camera.

I Stopped Time is incredibly well-researched and populated with vibrant, believable characters. Lottie is particularly well written as is her son, Sir James as he struggles to relate to a world that is quickly passing him by in the early 21st century. His relationship with Jenny is touching and unique. Lottie’s possessions draw them together, giving James an outlet from his reserved life that he didn’t know he needed.

I Stopped Time plays with many different themes, including the impact of war, class decorum in Britain, homosexuality and the inevitable advance of time. Touching, exciting, romantic and tender, this novel shines in the deft hands of its author. Fans of Downton Abbey and those who want to travel back to the first half of the 20th century will get a great treat in I Stopped Time.

(This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
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