Ann Swinfen’s first novel is warm, generous, healing and hopeful. Breaking down the barriers of generation and nationality, The Anniversary weaves an absorbing and intricate tapestry of family history and private memories, giving real meaning to the word ‘community’.
Delightful reading . . . there is both warmth and humour as well as a depth of family feeling, all of which makes this hugely readable.
I enjoyed it very much and particularly liked the way Ann Swinfen handled the flashbacks and the interweaving of the years. I also liked her location, which seemed to me both nostalgic and yet immediate with all the problems of the present day. Not easy to set down.
A gem of a book, involving the reader at every stage with each well-drawn character.
The Good Book Guide
The Anniversary has a special touch of warmth.
A poignant tapestry of loves, losses, confrontations and family relationships in this warm, penetrating portrait of an era.
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