Over a Curly Wurly wrapper three eight year old Welsh schoolgirls swear an oath to be friends for life. Lana, Judith and Catrin will be friends whatever else might happen in their lives. At eight it feels like such an uncomplicated truth but little do they know what fate will have in store for them.
The three main characters are beautifully observed. The women just leap off the page at you and it is easy to feel like a bystander in their difficult but uncompromising journeys through life. At the end of their A Levels the girls organise the trip of a lifetime around the Greek Isles. A last hoorah together before they all go off to University separately. A trip that changes each of their lives forever although none of them realise it at the time.
Us Three is the second novel from Ruth Jones – more famous for her television writing, particularly the sublime Gavin and Stacey series. It is one of those rare books that it just such a great shame when the book finally ends. Their realistic and messy relationships that genuinely make Us Three feel like real friends to everyone that comes into contact with them. Incidentally it would make a fabulous television series. Can I cast the amazing Caroline Sheen as Lana please…?
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UK Publication Date:
April 16 2020 Sept 3 2020. 384 Pages.
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