When the Floods Came – a different treatment of a common trend by Clare Morrall

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Rosemary and her family have lived in the block of flats for as long as she can remember, safe from the scavengers and dangers of post-flood Britain. Despite the draw of Brighton, the last society around, they stick it out as a family – until a new arrival shatters their worldview. Rosemary’s world, her relationship with long-term finance Hector from Brighton who she’s only ever met online, her view of her family and her certainty in her future are all thrown into relief as they try to decipher the strange world around them.

The only other book I have read by Clare Morrall was just SO different to this!! It felt like an already established author taking a dip into the post-apocalyptic trend, but once I’ve got used to the idea, it definitely worked. It was more thoughtful and less action packed than other books I’ve read of the same premise, but all the more interesting for it. It was great!

Not as boring as it looks – After the Bombing by Clare Morrall

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Alma Braithwaite’s boarding school was bombed in 1942, and she and some classmates were sent to the university under the care of Robert Gunner, a crippled maths lecturer. They meet again years later when Alma is a teacher at her old school, and memories of the past are stirred – and disturbed by the new headmistress who is changing the way things always have been.

This book was better than I expected. The cover and storyline made it look pretty dull, but it was actually charming, characters well realised and plot interesting enough. The Β dual time storyline worked well, with the parallels exposing secrets from both times that affect the other.