It has taken conviction to right the wrongs. It will take courage to learn how to live again.
'An all-round triumph.' John Hudspith
For the families of the victims of the St Botolph and Old Billingsgate disaster, the undoing of a miscarriage of justice should be a cause for rejoicing. For more than thirteen years, the search for truth has eaten up everything. Marriages, families, health, careers and finances.
Finally, the coroner has ruled that the crowd did not contribute to their own deaths. Finally, now that lies have been unravelled and hypocrisies exposed, they can all get back to their lives.
If only it were that simple.
Tapping into the issues of the day, Davis delivers a highly charged work of fiction, a compelling testament to the human condition and the healing power of art. Written with immediacy, style and an overwhelming sense of empathy, Smash all the Windows will be enjoyed by readers of How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall and How to be Both by Ali Smith.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Smashing Windows" does not disappoint, but like all her previous books, takes readers into the characters, circumstances and experiences they might be reluctant to encounter in their own lives. Once there, Jane Davis presents with a depth of empathy that is contagious, even when it is unsettling. Few of us escape tragedy, loss of loved ones and the resulting grief that can be consuming, which makes these characters recognizable to some degree for a reader. Each of the lives depicted in this latest work is every bit as much a victim as those engulfed in the tragic London Underground 'crush' on that fateful day. The 'incident' is horrible to imagine and while Ms Davis spares her readers from graphic descriptions, she does so by taking them right to that moment when . . . leaving them breathless with relief but fully aware of the horrors that came next. Each character suffers some degree of grief obsession, including those who were never directly involved, but came to the those tragic events well after the fact. And finally, love it, hate it or stand indifferent, moderate/contemporary installation art plays significantly in the degree of resolution these characters come to realize. This is a compelling, cover-to-cover, without pause reading experience, sure to win a larger fan base for Jane Davis.