“That was the fifties for me: big brothers, unheated bedrooms, chilblains, smog, overcooked veg, no television, hand-me-downs… and getting into trouble.”
This amazing graphic novel consists of two protagonists, Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and one of the writers of this book, Mary Talbot. Mary’s childhood is very action packed, full of trouble. Her father is very scary, but at the start of the book, when Mary is younger, often he is very nice and focuses his attention on her. But as the story goes on, Mary and her father start to grow apart, and her father gets sarcastic and hateful. On the other hand, there is another story going on, the one of Lucia. Lucia is an only child who travels a lot with her parents. James Joyce, her father, is very different to Mary’s father; he loves her with all his heart. As Lucia proceeds to be an amazing dancer and practises every day, her and her mother start to argue more and more, until it gets to the I-hate-you-and-I-hate-you part. A great graphic novel and I would rate it a five star. I think anyone over the age of 11 can read it.