When Nell Stevens is given a fellowship grant to spend three months where ever she wants to write, she chooses one of the most remote places she can. Wanting a sabbatical from distractions, Nell travels to Bleaker, a small island in the Falklands with only sheep, penguins, and a copy of Dickens’ Bleak Houseto keep her company. Bleaker House chronicles her short time on the island and the writing process of her novel.
I absolutely loved the premise of this. Living alone in a cabin on a cold remote island with nothing but penguins for
The story of Stevens’ time in the Falklands is interspersed with excerpts from her work-in-progress, other short stories, and personal anecdotes that I didn’t really feel added anything to the story and made the whole thing feel a little all over the place. The final standalone fiction piece pulled me back in a little but by then it was too late and I was just ready to finish the book. I had such high hopes for Bleaker House, which may have just served to compound my disappointment.
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Read for the Magical Readathon, Care of Magical Creatures exam.