The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page

EXCERPT: She can’t recall what started her collection. Maybe it was in a fragment of conversation overheard as she cleaned a sink? Before long (as she dusted a sitting room or defrosted a fridge) she noticed people were telling her their stories. Perhaps they always had done, but now it is different, now the stories are reaching out to her and she gathers them to her…

ABOUT ‘THE KEEPER OF STORIES’: Cleaner Janice knows that it is in people’s stories that you really get to know them. From recently-widowed Fiona and her son Adam; to opera-singing Geordie; and the awful Mrs ‘YeahYeahYeah’ and her fox terrier, Decius, Janice has a unique insight into the community around her.

When Janice starts cleaning for Mrs B – a shrewd and tricky woman in her nineties – she finally meets someone who wants to hear her story. But Janice is clear: she is the keeper of stories, she doesn’t have a story to tell. At least, not one she can share.

Mrs B is no fool and knows there is more to Janice than meets the eye. What is she hiding? After all, doesn’t everyone have a story to tell?

MY THOUGHTS: I love to sit in cafès listening to the conversations going on around me. Sometimes it’s amazing what you overhear. That may be why this book really resonated with me. Janice and I have a lot in common. We both collect stories, although she is far better at it than I am. And my practice husband, as I like to refer to him, and her husband Mike, could be twins.

Janice suffers from a lack of confidence. After all, she’s ‘just a cleaner.’ It doesn’t matter that she is incredibly well read, resourceful and interesting, she is ‘just a cleaner.’ Janice is just one of many absolutely delightful characters in this book. There is a well travelled bus driver who looks like a geography teacher; a shrewd and at times shrewish ninety-two year old ex-spy who sees hidden depths in Janice; a widowed woman who is making a dolls house – of a funeral home; a young boy whose father committed suicide; and a pedigree fox terrier called Decius who swears like a trooper. And no, that isn’t a misprint.

The Keeper of Stories has many stories within the main story – that of a mouse of a woman who finds her inner lioness. And Janice’s story is the most interesting of all because, although she believes herself to be ‘just a cleaner,’ she really is a brave, loving and resourceful woman, one whom I would be proud to have as a friend.

There are a lot of literary references in The Keeper of Stories, and I have come to realise that I really need to reread Arabian Nights and Vanity Fair, neither of which I have revisited since high school.

There are so many wonderful stories in The Keeper of Stories that I really want to sit down and listen to this all over again.

Jessica Whittaker has a wonderful range of voice intonations and emotions and I will be looking for other books she has narrated.

Unreservedly recommended.

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THE AUTHOR: After studying history at university, I moved to London to work in advertising. However, in my spare time I studied floristry at night school and eventually opened my own flower shop. I soon came to appreciate that flower shops offer a unique window into people’s stories and eventually I began to photograph and write about this floral life in a series of non-fiction books. Later, I continued my interest in writing when I founded my fountain pen company, Plooms.co.uk.

In my debut novel, The Keeper of Stories, I combine my love of history and writing with my abiding interest in the stories people have to tell. I now live in Dorset. My eldest daughter, Alex, is studying to be a doctor and my youngest daughter is the author, Libby Page. (Amazon)

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins UK audio, One More Chapter via Netgalley for providing an audio ARC of The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page is available for Kindle and audio.

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6 thoughts on “The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page”

  1. Can we not get this book in the US yet? Gail

    On Fri, 11 Mar 2022 at 22:34, Sandy’s Book a Day Blog wrote:

    > sandysbookaday posted: ” EXCERPT: She can’t recall what started her > collection. Maybe it was in a fragment of conversation overheard as she > cleaned a sink? Before long (as she dusted a sitting room or defrosted a > fridge) she noticed people were telling her their stories.” >

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