Troubador Tales of Sin & Fury Part 1: The Beach

Released: 28/03/2014

ISBN: 9781783063406

Format: Paperback

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Tales of Sin & Fury Part 1: The Beach


In a snowy London, two women are in crisis following journeys that subtly intertwine. Other characters cross their paths in a web of storytelling that involves past and present, living and dead… Corinne, a faded blond alcoholic, wakes up in a prison detox unit to see one young woman showing another her self-inflicted wounds. Hours pass, snow falls and the women share their stories, revealing Corinne’s tale of sex on a Greek beach in 1972 and why it helped her stop self-harming. Anthea, a self-styled ‘imperfect archaeologist’, is studying oracles and rituals of the dead in ancient Greece. She is obsessed with a collection of bones she smuggled back from a tomb site. Confessing to a counsellor about extraordinary experiences that have challenged her rational view of the world, Anthea reveals a recurring premonition that threatens her with death if she returns to her fieldwork in Greece. Corinne and Anthea never meet face-to-face, but they are affected by each other’s lives and choices. Their stories intertwine with a variety of characters who influence their destinies, including painter/decorator Duane, sexual adventuress Alex, Freddie the out-of-work musician, Mandy the shoplifter and Morton, who studies oral storytelling in Homer. The Beach is the first of an addictive series of books that follow a story of intersecting lives. Like a latter-day Arabian Nights set between Hackney and a Greek island, the tales are spicy and sometimes funny, touching on sex, drugs and the supernatural, with intriguing characters and an element of chance that spans this world and the next. It appeals to readers who enjoy memories of the 1970s as well as those who wish they’d been there.

I really enjoyed it. It’s full of great characters and lives and states of mind that don’t often get into novels. And it’s really well written, clearly and sometimes beautifully expressed.
The structure interweaves the lives of character who on the face of it have no connection. There are fissures and detours and circles. I found I could just go with it, and enjoy what was without looking for the big overarching journey. A lot of people struggling to make the best of things, figure their lives out in whatever way they could. That is no small thing, to honour that.

by Paul Morrison

I started reading this book and only laid it down to make cups of tea and bites to eat; slept a few hours and read on and encountered a whole range of very different and interesting people till I knew all their stories from themselves.
How did Sonia Paige hook me to her book? She did it very artfully like a spider. She caught me with the Zeitgeist of the 70ties and 90ties and let me see and feel all these characters mainly by dialogues and little film scenes. She drew up tension like Scheherazade in 1001 Arabian Nights.

by Inga Czudnochowski

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