The Magic of Deben Market
The Magic of Deben Market
Amazon Review 01/12/19
Amazon/Goodreads Review 21/11/19
Amazon Review 17/11/19
An interesting volume of stories with one of the most satisfying endings of a short story collection I've read.
I've read a few of David Bowmore's stories in the past, but he has really outdone himself with The Magic of Deben Market.
Goodreads Review 24/09/19
I LOVED everything about The Magic of Deben Market. I finished it, sitting outside on the yard swing, the wind blowing just right, the river water crashing against the rough rocks, a steaming cup at my hand...this was amazing. The story is in me, sinking in deeper and deeper, the characters coming back to the center of my mind like actors in a play coming to take a bow on center stage. I'm still thinking of the right words to say—about how I feel after reading this, and thought, well, I'll start with— Brilliant—to me—in every sense of the word. Maybe it touched me so because it's so close to the kinds of stories I love, the Spoon River tales, my own imaginary Tinta Town. I'll be walking around for a long time absorbing this.
Goodreads Review 22/09/19
Goodreads Comment 24/08/19
Amazon Review 21/08/19
Goodreads Review 20/08/19
This is a beautifully intertwined collection of shorts about various characters who have links to the quaint (and fictional) English coastal town, Deben Market.
From the obvious favourite, Moony Moore, the gruff old fisherman whose story starts and ends the book and fills chapters in between, to one of my personal favourites, Kathy/Charlotte the Time Traveller; you are captivated from the beginning and want to delve into the lives of each of these people.
My clear favourite was Clay though; those who know me will know why.
Well done, David - a GREAT first collection
Amazon Review 08/08/19
Enchanted by the Magic of Deben Market
This was one of the best books I've read this year. The Magic of Deben Market is a collection of short stories, and while each one can stand on its own, the collection as a whole is so much more. From beginning to end, it becomes a novel of interwoven stories, each connected by the enchanting setting of the town of Deben Market and its inhabitants. A character mentioned in passing in one story may later be the main character of his or her own story, and from there, play an even bigger part in the grander scheme of the entire book. Each story propelled me on to the next. I don't often go back and reread books, but this is one I can see myself revisiting to find even more nuances and connections as I watch the story unfold again. The twists and surprises along the way didn't disappoint. This was a satisfying read that I would highly recommend!