The Space Between Time is published in paperback on 20 June. We take a sneak peak to help get you ahead of the game.
“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.”
Astrophysics and Hollywood
WIthout doubt The Space between Time is one of the most unique books I have read this year. The perspective, initially from a young girl was immediately different. As was the idea of living with a Hollywood actor. And having an Italian Grandad who was a bit of undiscovered genius. It was an unusual combination, yet it worked.
Laidlaw demonstrated time and time again how difficult living with a Hollywood superstar could be. Such as his absence from birthday parties “even by not being here, Dad was still the centre of attention.” to the family dynamic between actor, mother and daughter “our existences were defined, not by who we were, but by our relationship to him. He was our star, we circled in uneasy orbit.” In general I though Laidlaw captured the Rossini family were really well -normal, yet anything but.
I found it very difficult to place the time the book was set in. There are little clues, Tom Cruise, references to Greggs baguettes, yet in a way it felt timeless. You could so easily have been reading about the 1960s as opposed to 1990s. It also felt slightly gossipy, reading about various celebrities getting up to goodness knows what. I could happily have read more of that!
A thin line between love and hate
The book was funny, the Dalek, Cat’s Bentley driving and the Saudi Arabian Demo to name but a few instances and I just loved Knox. Yet it was also quite poignant. The WAG hiding behind her dark glasses, the film star who moved to North Berwick at the height of his career. They were never short of money, they were clearly in love, yet this wasn’t enough. It was very easy to hate Emma’s dad. Yet I thought Laidlaw gave us just enough for the reader to refrain from this. In the end I thought Paul’s letter very fitting and, beautiful.
Out of this world
It was unpredictable and I loved it for its originality. I think I’ve just about managed to write the review without any terrible space puns! My thanks go to Accent Press via Anne Cater’s Random Things Tours for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
If you like The Space Between Time try Beautiful Ruins for its flawed characters and Hollywood glamour.