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The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge - Mary Lawson This is one of the most emotionally satisfying books I have read. Set in a small town in the far north of Canada, The Other Side Of The Bridge is constructed of two parallel narratives: the story of Arthur, a farmer's son growing up in the nineteen thirties and forties; and Ian, a doctor's son growing up twenty years later. The two stories intersect when Ian, aged sixteen, comes to work on Arthur's farm. The Scotsman described Mary Lawson as a 'master of the quiet moment made significant, with a tremedous eye for detail' and that both sums up her appeal and explains her success in creating such a believable community and such convincing characters that after reading this book I felt I wanted to go and see the place for myself and maybe look up the characters while I was there.