Review: ‘The Space Between Time’, by Charlie Laidlaw

UK Publication: June 2019
Publisher: Accent Press
ISBN: 9781786156945
Price: £8.99

Blurb

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini’s perfect life begins to splinter when her celebrity father becomes more distant, and her mother dies suspiciously during a lightning storm. This death has a massive effect on Emma, but after stumbling through university, she settles into work as a journalist in Edinburgh.
Her past, however, cannot be escaped. Her mental health becomes unstable. But while recovering in a mental institution, Emma begins to write a memoir to help come to terms with the unravelling of her life. She finds ultimate solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe – which offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

My Review

Thanks to Anne Cater for arranging this tour and to the author for providing a copy of his book.

A quirky mix of fictional-autobiography, mental illness and theoretical physics that works so well it was almost like I was there watching Emma grow up, go to university, get a job and then have a breakdown. I really enjoyed the theoretical physics. You wouldn’t think it would work in a book narrated by a mentally ill rich kid, but it does. It’s quite philosophical.

I read this 400+ page novel in two multi hour sittings where I didn’t move until I absolutely had to go to the loo, and then I took it to the loo with me to read some more.

I cried my eyes out.

I was riveted. Utterly gripped by Emma’s story, by the descriptions, especially of the sea, by the slow realisation that she’s bonkers (been there, done that) and a totally unreliable narrator.

I’m writing this less than half an hour after finishing reading the book, I’m slightly euphoric. Blame that for the less than sensible review. I love it when a book affects me like this. Means it’s a goooooood book.

Anne, are you trying to murder me with literature? I have been stabbed in the feels. She does it deliberately, you know, The last four books have all been designed to kill me! (Joking)


Author Information


Charlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has been a national newspaper journalist and worked in defence intelligence. He now runs his own marketing consultancy in East Lothian. He is married with two grown-up children.

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