Book Review

Review: The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

The Other Half of Augusta Hope is a beautifully told story of families struggling to understand the tragedies that they have experienced, and to find a means of completing themselves again.


Title: The Other Half of Augusta Hope
Author: Joanna Glen
Pages: 384
Publication Date: 13th June 2019

Augusta and her twin Julia live in the same old house in the same part of England. Julia is pliant, cheerful, light, whilst Augusta is something a little ‘other’ – she likes words, and values learning and independence in a way that her sister cannot, as she feels the need to tie herself to her family.

The writing itself is lyrical, enticing and strong. Importantly, is is a complete reflection of Augusta, her character and her interests. Her perfectly-formed character is what makes this book particularly special; her inquisitive nature, fascination with words and tragedies that move beyond heartache.

The other voice in this narrative centres around Parfait, a young dreamer from Burundi, who experiences his own unspeakable tragedies. It really does tear your own heart to read of his experiences, his life and struggles.

The Parfait narrative was the biggest issue in this book for me, however. It did feel contrived – a boy from the very place that Augusta dreams of visiting, that she learns everything about. There are coincidences, and then there’s a structured story then forces two characters to come together. It works, but it still felt forced.

This is a super book if you have enjoyed books like Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Cactus, Needlemouse or others in ‘the ‘finding yourself in adversity’ style. It certainly works well.

I read this back in February, so my review might be a little rusty, but The Other Half of Augusta Hope was published yesterday – and I can certainly see it being a big hit of the summer. 4 solid *s from me.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks to HarperCollins for my copy (photo credit goes to HarperCollins).


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