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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.
About the Author :
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 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 central Scotland. And that’s about it.
I must confess that when Charlie Laidlaw asked me to read his book ‘The Space Between Time’ I only said yes because I read his ‘biography’ on his website and liked how he had put humor into it.
I guess I’m a sucker for people who can tell something rather serious with a touch of laughter in it, without making it less important or ridiculous.
And this book definitely needed that, as it’s a story about humankind/family, the good and the bad, and how the mind tries to work around a certain situation.
It’s, I guess, not a novel for everyone, as it has a certain vibe in it, but I liked it very much!
Emma Rossini is a great character who depicts a seemingly normal life from childhood to adult.
We soon discover that not everything is what it seems, there are cracks in everything and everyone.
The way it’s portrayed reminds me a bit of how I noticed when growing up that the dynamics in a family can differ from point of views.
Everything is different when you see it as an adult and Charlie Laidlaw has the ability to write about it, from childhood to adulthood, in a captivating way.
He adds a bunch of greatly sculpted characters and a grandfather, who’s a bit of a weird, but loveable scientist, his Theorem in the storyline and somehow that helps to connect everything.
I’m fairly sure however that some won’t like those parts as it can be a bit much and this sciency stuff isn’t for everyone.
Nevertheless I found it intriguing and it makes me ponder about life, scientific theories and mental issues.
Really a book one should read to make the latter more common, more talkable, as now people don’t talk that often about their mental state as they don’t want to be perceived as a fruitcake 😉.
An original and recommendable book which I loved from the beginning till the end.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds