Review – A Long Day in Lychford

Posted 20 April, 2018 by Nikki in Reviews / 2 Comments

Cover of A Long Day In Lychford by Paul CornellA Long Day in Lychford, Paul Cornell

Received to review via Netgalley

I haven’t been loving the Lychford novellas as much as other folks have, but Paul Cornell does have a way with characters — the differences and similarities between Judith and Autumn, how that all tangles up around them and has to be straightened out, it’s all really compelling. He also put his finger on the tensions of Brexit in a way that was painfully real: I’m not even a person of colour, but like Autumn I had that awful feeling about everyone around me, trying to figure out how they voted, what they secretly want. And I really felt the way the microaggressions got under her skin; mine are different, but it happens the same way, all the same.

Obviously, from the ending of this, there’s plenty more to come. I’m torn: I like the characters, but I don’t find the story itself that compelling, somehow. It’s a pleasant enough read, but I’m not compelled to find out what happens next. I’ll read more in this series, yes, but… I don’t know. It doesn’t quite work for me on some level. It’s not the book, it’s me.

Rating: 4/5

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2 Responses to “Review – A Long Day in Lychford”

  1. It’s definitely my least favourite Lychford novella (too much of a sore spot? Maybe), but I loved the first two so I’m in for the long haul. I love the way Autumn is developing, and I’m worried for Judith… and ever so curious about how some of the supernatural consequences are coming home to roost.
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