Jamie Fewery’s new book The Way Back, published by Orion, explores the rather complex subject of family.

The Cadogans, his protagonists, open the novel as estranged siblings brought together by the demise of their father.

Gerry Cadogan, directing his children even from beyond the grave, forces Patrick, Kirsty and Jessica on a road trip to Scotland to dispose of his ashes. What follows is an insightful, poignant and, at times, funny dissection of how a family deals with the extraordinary rawness of grief, and also guilt and love, in all its guises.

Fewery writes fluidly and cohesively about family issues, creating characters who most of us, at times, will relate to, the siblings’ pettiness, unresolved conflicts and honesty  feeling uncomfortably authentic.

It’s well-written and highly readable.



Jamie Fewery | The Way Back | Orion | paperback | 30 April 2020 | £8.99

ebook also available

Please support independent bookshops and libraries


Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the virtual book tour. Many thanks to Alex Layt, senior press officer at Orion, for inviting us on the tour and for supplying a digital proof. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved. Please check out the other reviews on this tour.

See also:  ‘Damian Barr’s slice of South Africa’;Prospect beautiful, Derek Jarman’s cottage‘; ‘Chris Whitaker’s small-town America’; ‘Nora Roberts’ Sanctuary: an Old Familiar’; Carver’s Nothing Important Happened Today’; By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’; ‘Yvonne Battle-Fenton’s Remembered‘; ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘; ‘We should all be feminists‘; The not-so-invisible woman: 150 greats in their own words’; ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”‘; Dorothy L. Sayer’s Busman’s Holiday – Romek Marber for Penguin Crime (book covers we love).

This review is © 2020 by The Literary Shed. All rights reserved. All opinions are our own. We welcome your feedback and comments. If you wish to reproduce this piece, please do contact us to request permission. Any images are used for promotional purposes only. If we have unintentionally breached your copyright, please contact us and we will take the image down immediately. Thank you so much.


Tags : , , , , , ,