Welcome to the month-long blog tour for Charlie Laidlaw’s latest book, The Space Between Time, due for release on June 20th. There are a number of fantastic bloggers participating who will be posting interviews, excerpts, reviews, and other exclusive content, I’ve listed them below so be sure to take a look at their thoughts too!
Additionally, there are loads of goodies being given away – take a look below to enter!
Expected Publication Date: June 20th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Drama/ Dark Comedy
There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
“Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.”
So, what did I think?
When the email came through asking if I would like to be part of this blog book tour I jumped at the chance. I haven’t read anything by Charlie Laidlaw before, but this sounded intriguing and I was hooked by the blurb that was sent over.
When the book arrived I dove straight in, and it did not disappoint. Short punchy sentences deliver tempo and draw you in to this novel as it charts the maturing of the central character, Emma. The narrative voice alters slightly through the novel too, which really brings a sense of Emma growing up in a world that on occasion feels thrust upon her. It is relatable and totally believable. At times I had to remind myself that it was not an elaborate biography but a work of fiction.
The other thing that really stands out for me in this novel is the description. It is beautiful with just the right amount of detail to bring it alive and make you feel as though you are standing to one side of Emma experiencing her world with her. No stone is left unturned but far from being a laborious scene setting exercise Laidlaw creates a sparkle through his words, breathing life into every page.
I didn’t know what to expect from the story line and although it isn’t fast paced the luxury of the descriptions used create marvellous characterisation and leave you wanting more.
I would highly recommend this book – put it on your summer reading list now!
About the Author
I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.
I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.
I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.
To celebrate the publication of The Space Between Time, R&R book tours have arranged a giveaway. There are 2 signed copies of The Space Between Timeup for grabs, 3 fun coffee mugs featuring all 3 of Charlie Laidlaw’s books, and 3 digital copies of the book in the winner’s format of choice! Amazing right? Click the link below to enter!
*Open Internationally – Giveaway closes June 30th
Excerpt from The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw:
It wasn’t an afternoon that I like to remember, and not just because of my shrieking tantrum. Once I’d calmed down, Mum told me I’d been very silly, because it was all make-believe on a cinema screen. I reminded her that she’d cried when Bambi’s mum died, and that was a film and a cartoon. Mum said that it wasn’t the same thing at all. But I wasn’t being silly because I wasn’t old enough to know the difference between pretence and reality.
Dad had looked pretty dead on the screen. The blood on his chest had looked pretty real. If it had been a different dead person, I would have been OK. Children don’t really know where make-believe ends and the real world begins and, partly because of who I am, it’s remained pretty hazy ever since. I also don’t like to remember that film because it was the moment when I realised that our lives were about to change, and I didn’t know if that would be a good thing.
Sounds strange, yes? Here’s something stranger: I am a child of the sea, I sometimes think, and have done ever since we first moved to live beside it. I feel subject to its vagaries and tempers, with its foaming margins framed against a towering sky. I am familiar with its unchanging mood swings. That’s how I like things; I find the familiar comforting. I find change threatening.
I am the daughter of someone who, not long after that ghastly cinema outing, became one of the most famous actors of his generation and, importantly for me, the granddaughter of a rather brilliant but obscure physics professor. But despite their overachievements, I have inherited no aptitude for mathematics and my father positively hated the idea of his only offspring following in his thespian footsteps. He knew how cruel and badly paid the profession could be. But I still look up to my grandfather, and think of his ludicrous moustache with affection.
Gramps once told me that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on Earth. Just think of all those sandpits, beaches and deserts! That’s an awful lot of stars. He then told me, his only grandchild, that I was his shining star, which was a nice thing to say and why I remember him talking about sand and stars. On clear nights, with stars twinkling, I often think about him.
I still believe in my grandfather, and admire his stoic acceptance in the face of professional disdain, because I believe in the unique power of ideas, right or wrong, and that it’s our thoughts that shape our existence. We are who we believe ourselves to be.
I gave up believing in my father long ago, because speaking other people’s words and ideas seemed like a lame excuse for a job, even if he was paid millions, and met the Queen on several occasions. She must have liked him because she awarded him an OBE for services to film, theatre and charity. Charity! Who the hell told the Queen that?
I stopped believing in him one Christmas Day, a long time ago, when he simply didn’t turn up. It wasn’t his presents that I missed, or even his presence, but the warm, fuzzy feeling of being important to him. During that day of absence and loss I concluded that his wife and daughter couldn’t much matter to him, otherwise he’d have made a bigger effort to get home. That Christmas Day, my father was simply somewhere else, probably in a bar, immaculately dressed, his hair slicked back, the object of male envy and the centre of every woman’s attention for miles around.
In that respect, Dad was more tomcat than father, except that by then his territory, his fame, stretched around the globe. I know this: by then he had a Golden Globe to prove it. He gushed pheromones from every pore, squirting attraction in every direction, and even women with a poor sense of smell could sniff him out.
I feel mostly Scottish, but am a little bit Italian. It explains my name, Emma Maria Rossini; my dark complexion, black hair, the slightly long nose, and thin and lanky body. Obese I am not, and will never be, however much pasta I eat, and I eat lots. It also explains my temper, according to some people, although I don’t agree with them, and my brown cow’s eyes, as an almost-boyfriend once described them, thinking he was paying me a compliment, before realising that he had just become an ex-almost-boyfriend.
But mostly I am a child of the sea. That’s what happens if you live for long enough by its margins: it becomes a part of you; its mood echoing your mood, until you know what it’s thinking, and it knows everything about you. That’s what it feels like when I contemplate its tensile strength and infinite capacity for change. On calm flat days in North Berwick, with small dinghies marooned on the glassy water, and loud children squealing in its shallows, it can make me anxious and cranky.
The sea, on those days, seems soulless and tired, bereft of spirit. But on wilder days, the beach deserted, or with only a hardy dog-walker venturing across the sand, with large waves thundering in, broaching and breaking, then greedily sucking back pebbles into the foam, I feel energised: this is what the sea enjoys, a roaring irresponsibility, and I share in its pleasure. We are all children of the sea, I sometimes think, or we should be – even those who have never seen an ocean or tasted its saltiness; I can stand for hours and contemplate its far horizons, lost within myself, sharing its passion. In the Firth of Forth is the ebb and flow of my past and my existence, wrapped tight against the west wind. It is what I am, placid and calm, or loud and brash.
Blog Tour Organized By R&R Book Tours
To see other reviews, excerpts and interview, check out the book tour schedule below:
Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/
Breakeven Books (Interview) https://breakevenbooks.com
Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com
Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com
Where Dragons Reside (Excerpt) https://kernerangelina.live/
Inked and Blonde (Review) http://www.inkedandblondeonline.co.uk
Go By the Book (Review) http://gobythebookblog.wordpress.com
Novel Lives (Review) https://novellives.com/author/literacybatmanlives/
Valerie’s Musings – https://valeriesmusings.com/
Misty’s Book Space – http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com
Brianne’s Book Reviews (Review) http://briannesbookreviewsvideo.wordpress.com
Love Books Group – http://lovebooksgroup.blog
The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com
Sawdust & Spoons (Review) http://sawdustandspoons.com/
Tsarina Press – https://www.tsarinapress.com
The Hufflepuff Nerdette (Review) https://thehufflepuffnerdette.wordpress.com/
*Yearwood Novela – http://yearwooddailybookreview.wordpress.com
Kim Knight (Review & Interview) http://www.kimknightauthor.com
Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks (Review) https://quirkycatsfatstacks.com/
The Photographers Way (Review) http://www.thephotographersway.org