sevenstories’ #CBR4 Review #31: The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
“My brother believes he is being chased by a demon… a demon that makes things vanish. Carnegie Medallist Frank Cottrell Boyce transports readers from the steppe of Mongolia to the street of Liverpool in a story that is compelling, miraculous and laugh out loud funny.”
This is a lovely, charming and quirky story of family and friendship. Cottrell Boyce also weaves in serious themes of refugees and self which lend the book a melancholy touch at times. The beautiful printing on exercise book notepaper with photographs means the entire book is a entirely enjoyable experience. The story was inspired by a true story, when the author visited a school that had a Mongolian little girl who was taken by Immigration Services with her family and never seen again. Cottrell Boyce is a wonderful writer who can write lovely, easy to read stories such as this that have beautiful writing and characters and depths and emotions that can surprise you. I would highly recommend this, and Cottrell Boyce’s other work, for a short read full of humour, heartbreak and moments of universal human experience.
First Line: ‘I hadn’t seen this photograph since the day it was taken, until now.’
Why I read it: I bought it for my library stock and couldn’t resist the cover and the wonderful photos inside.
Who I would recommend it for: Fans of easy to read but moving stories such as Chimichanga by Eric Powell.