STARRED REVIEW
September 2021

Light Perpetual

By Francis Spufford, narrated by Imogen Church
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Featuring vibrant characters, all of whom have rich interior lives, Francis Spufford’s novel is perfect for audio.
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One fine day in 1944, a German V-2 rocket hits a South London Woolworths. Among the civilians incinerated by the bomb are five children. But in Light Perpetual (12.5 hours), Francis Spufford explores the tantalizing question: What if? What if these children had been war survivors instead of victims?

With such vibrant characters, all of whom have rich interior lives, Spufford’s novel is perfect for audio. Light Perpetual is an anthem to ordinary life—the joy and sorrow, the triumph and loneliness. Scottish-born actor Imogen Church, known for her performances of Ruth Ware’s audiobooks, gives a wonderful voice to each of the five as they progress from childhood to old age. 

The ending, when the now elderly characters confront their own what-ifs, faces the sorrow of death with true honesty while celebrating love-filled lives. Told with humor, affection and compassion, this audiobook is a powerful reminder that no life is futile.

 

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our starred review of the print edition of Light Perpetual.

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Light Perpetual

Light Perpetual

By Francis Spufford, narrated by Imogen Church
Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN 9781797125732

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