Source by Rosemary Johnston – Book Review

Source by Rosemary Johnston – Book Review

Source by Rosemary Johnston


Author – Rosemary Johnston
Publisher – Story Machine
Pages – 42
Released – 26th June 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1912665105
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 5 Stars
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Kate and her teenage daughter return to Ireland to sort through what is left of the family farm. But in doing so, Kate is brought to all the reasons she left many years ago. She can find no attachment to the objects of her past until she comes across her father’s dictionary.

Can words be the way for her to unlock the past? Can they help pave the way towards reconciliation? Can they help us understand ourselves?

Source is a book about beginnings and homeland and the words that accompany us on our journey.

Review by Nia

This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.

It’s a story that gathers together all the emotions experienced when you take a step back into your past – Kate returns to her homeland to pack up her mother’s house ready for sale, taking her teenage daughter with her. She’s bombarded with the memories and feelings of her entire life, trapped between all three generations of her family in one place.

In only a few pages, you get a full sense of multiple different lives and how they’ve all impacted each other.

The writing itself is moving and beautiful, without being too poetic (I’m a literal creature, too much poetry and I lose track of what’s going on) and I have a feeling that you could read this story multiple times and take away a different feeling each time.

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Rosemary Johnston

Rosemary Johnston grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and lives in North Yorkshire with her family. She has written for adults and children, and regularly writes articles on poetry, language and history. Her plays have been produced at the Gateway Theatre in Chester and she has completed a debut novel The Children of Angels’ Eyrie. She is an editor of Vixen Magazine.

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2 Responses

  1. Sound uplifting. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Thank you Nadene. Nice you find the book uplifting.