Pageturners enjoyed a wonderful chat about the Pip Williams debut novel The Dictionary of Lost Words on Wednesday evening.
There was high praise for this book and its characters. The story centres around Esme who spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the first Oxford English Dictionary. Over time Esme creates her own dictionary of words meaningful to women. It becomes an emotional story with other historical figures and interweaves the themes of women’s equality, the suffrage movement, class, motherhood and more.
Pageturner comments included “an intelligent and rewarding book, really liked it, thought how she recorded women’s meanings of words absolutely wonderful, enjoyed second half more than the first, it took a while to get into, it made me cry, lyrical and thought–provoking, beautiful insight, reminder of how life was once quite slow, loved the character Lizzie, all the characters are believable, I liked that it jumped ahead, loved the language in Ditte’s letters, the wordslip definitions were one of my favourite aspects, distressed about the ending, if you are into words – it is a great book to read.”
Ratings out of 5 were given: 4.5, 4, 4, 4, 188.8.131.52.
Link to Better Reading Podcast with author Pip Williams:
Pip Williams Video Chat showing her treasure trove of items related to the book.
Next Read – October
The October read for Pageturners is Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults. It will be the book for discussion on Wednesday October 14 at the new daytime session 12.30pm – 1.30pm or evening session 5.30pm – 7pm at Orange City Library. Please book your place via Eventbrite for either of these sessions.
Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. The Lying Life of Adults is her first standalone (and first work of published fiction) since her mega-hit Neapolitan Quartet. See you in October.