A Town Called Solace:
Mary Lawson writes with a pure simplicity… she has the God-given ability to convey the complexities of human nature in everyday language… It was only on a second reading that I came to realise quite how intricately plotted A Town Called Solace is: like a magician, Lawson hides her technique, and makes it all seem as natural as breathing… she possesses an instinctive feel for when to withhold information, and when to release it — Craig Brown ― Mail on Sunday
Lawson’s books are a pleasure to read – they conjure a space where quiet reflection and owning your past mistakes bring gentle rewards; they feel kind and wise and brimful of empathy — Siobhan Murphy ― The Times
This is Mary Lawson’s fourth novel and I’d recommend a binge immersion… Lawson has carved out a world in Northern Ontario that’s vividly, absorbingly real; she captures tones and voices with exactitude in writing that’s idiomatic but never flashy and carries you along from midnight to dawn, oblivious of the time. — Nooni Minogue ― Literary Review
Poised, elegant prose, paired with quiet drama that will break your heart. The sort of book that seems as if it has always existed because of its timeless perfection — Graham Norton
About the Author
Mary Lawson’s first novel, Crow Lake, was loved by critics and readers all over the world; it was translated into 25 languages and published in 28 countries. It was a New York Times bestseller, won the McKitterick Prize and spent 75 weeks on the bestseller lists in her native Canada. Her second novel, The Other Side of the Bridge, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. And, most recently, Road Ends was described as ‘tender and surprising . . . a vivid and evocative tale’ in the New York Times. Mary came to England in the 1960s, and lives in Kingston-upon-Thames.