Whitewalls – book review

This is a tantalising first novel from Christine Richard. Politician, journalist, racing horse owner and patron of the arts, Christine follows the adage write about what you know. Thus, Whitewalls is a family saga set in the Borders and Edinburgh, where four generations of the Douglas family are making their way through life.

Christine’s ability to cut through the privileges of the upper class and portray the heart and soul of her characters as ‘ordinary’ people, reminds us that no one is immune from love and lust, car accidents and cancer. The selfishness of some contrasts with the selflessness of others and Rosie, the current matriarch, finds herself pulled between worrying about her elderly mother and her flighty daughter, while taking care of her husband and preparing for a Garden Open day.

Meanwhile her own future is in jeopardy as her ex husband plots to reclaim the family home. The plot is full of conflicts right from the start, and it is quite amazing how much is packed into the 6 months which the story covers. Who survives unhurt? Probably nobody, as life will never be the same again for any of the Douglas family.

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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