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Literary Fiction | The Space Between Time | Charlie Laidlaw

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts today on The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw.

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of hosting Charlie Laidlaw in my hot seat. You can read that interview here.

Laura loved The Space Between Time. One not to miss!


Book cover The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth… 

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.


The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw is published by Accent Press and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Review

I have been captivated by this story from the first page, a wonderful read.

Emma Maria Rossini beautifully tells her story in first person narration as both a child and adult. Growing up with a famous father, mother struggling with her mental health and an influential grandfather provides a fascinating story. I fell in love with her character and the way she perceives and understands her world.

Her father, Paul Ross is a famous actor but struggles with his family life and Emma describes how he is hardly around. Moving from Edinburgh to North Berwick, both Emma and her mother struggle to adjust to the smaller town.

Emma’s grandfather, a scientist with theories on dark matter is intriguing and I enjoyed how his theories were entwined with parts of Emma’s life.

Mental health, grief, death and family relationships make this an emotional read, yet Emma’s narration brings a light-hearted sense of humour too.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Author photo Charlie Laidlaw

I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault.  That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father.  That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland (quite near Paisley, but thankfully not too close) and graduated from the University of Edinburgh.  I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist.  I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics.  I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries.  Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa.  What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember.

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then.  However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian.   And that’s about it.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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