One Day I Shall Astonish the World

- Nina Stibbe

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by force of circumstance (a job at The Pin Cushion, a haberdashery shop in 1990s Leicestershire) and then by force of character (neither being particularly inclined to make friends with anyone else). But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work, and, most importantly, friendship.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Viking for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

DNF @ 23%

The narrative is bogged down with details and isn’t going anywhere fast. Stibbe’s sense of humour has its moments (

My husband Roy and I have been at odds, starting when I accidentally called out the VC's name during an unusually playful moment. All I can think is that I somehow got the names 'Roy' and 'Professor Willoughby' muddled.

) but was a lot more miss than hit. After asking myself if this was going anywhere for the third time, I knew it was time to give up.

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