Book: The One Of Us by John Needhamcategories: Book, Nature versus Nurture, Wales, North Yorkshire, Liverpool, Adoption, Red Hair, Lampeter, Northallerton, Identical Twins
John Needhamabout this book: Red-haired Tomos Rees from Wales hopes to go to university to study medicine when he leaves school.
Red-haired Wayne Harrison from north Yorkshire has no real idea what he wants to do with his life.
Two very different boys, you might think. Well, yes. But also no. Because in fact, they are identical twins, abandoned by their hopelessly inadequate, unable-to-cope teenage mum and adopted separately to be brought up in very different social and family environments in very different parts of Britain.
They have developed markedly different personalities and aspirations. But are they really entirely different? After all, they are monozygotic, originating from the same fertilised egg: clones of each other. Does their genetic commonality confer similar character traits deep down? John Needham's third novel explores nature/nurture theory, weaving it into an absorbing, at times exquisitely moving tale of brothers.
Readers of his previous book, Forebears, will be re-acquainted with warm-hearted, bluff, call-a-spade-a-bloody-shovel Yorkshire lass Helen, now taking a larger role, telling her story from an earlier time.
This gentle, compelling, at times poignant novel tells the boys' stories in parallel as they grow to manhood, converging to a dramatic, heart-wrenching reunion that will wring your emotions dry.
• 'Those of us who love this author's very humane way of writing are, yet again, treated to another beautifully written story.' (Review)
• 'Written in John's gentle, empathetic style with beautiful use of language and character development.' (Review)
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