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The String Games
The String Games
By Gail Aldwin
Published By

Victorina Press

ISBN 9781999619510
Fiction Genre other
Publication Date 05/28/2019
Price 10.00
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.victorinapress.com/product/the-string-games/


The String Games is a coming-of-age novel that charts the legacy of loss for Nim following the abduction and murder of her younger brother when she is ten years of age. Nim grows into a vulnerable teenager but as an adult she is able to address issues of unresolved grief.

Authors Biography

Settled in Dorset since 2006, Gail has lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Spain. Her work includes Paisley Shirt a short fiction collection longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2018 and adversaries/comrades a poetry pamphlet. With 3-She, Gail co-writes short plays that have been staged in Bridport, Brighton and Salisbury.


The author writes really well and the attention to detail and the authentic feel to the narrative make this a compelling and thought provoking read. Jo Barton, Jaffa Reads Too

A story with an astute and lucid understanding of what it means to be a female growing up in a world of adversity and loss. Linda Hill, Linda’s Book Bag

Aldwin blends her dark and light with an artistic touch, leaving the reader with just enough detail to ask ‘What would I do?’ J J Marsh, Bookmuse

It’s ultimately a story of hope and forgiveness, fresh starts and new beginnings: it’s quite beautifully written, and I enjoyed it very much. Anne Williams, Being Anne

I fell in love with this tale of grief and loss … a wonderful read and highly recommended. Laura, Jerra’s Jamboree

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  1. It is often remarked that what happens in your early years may well affect the rest of your life and this story is a very good example

  2. The string games

    Observation and description create vivid and strong settings and evokes mood and atmosphere.

  3. This is a great read. It talks about overcoming the difficulties of life

  4. A sensitive and thoughtful examination of how early experiences shape us, through three stages in the protagonist’s life. Beautifully written.

  5. A beautifully written novel with highly engaging characters whose journey keeps you with them to a satisfying end. Highly recommend.

  6. Could not put it down. Great read.

  7. A very moving and relatable read!

  8. Bought for the cover and kept reading for the characters. A real recommendation.

  9. I bought The String Games at a book launch and read it within the week.
    It is eminently readable, due to Gail Aldwin’s skilful handling of language, literary devices and realistic characters in challenging scenarios. I do believe it is a book worthy of awards and I wish the author good luck with this one. I hope I can write something this good myself one day!

  10. Original and moving, as well as emotionally truthful. Thank you Gail.

  11. What a book – well done Gail.

  12. I found this book interesting and a real page turner, and read it in two sittings.

  13. Is it listed on the New York Times Best Seller List? If not, it should be. Pick it up and you won’t be able to put it down.

  14. I really enjoyed reading the String Games. Fabulous.

  15. The String Games grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it throughout. An emotional novel and a wonderful debut from a very talented writer. Highly recommended.

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