[Book Review] The Monarch by John Jennings

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By John Jennings

Set in the 1990s, in Northumberland and Northern Ireland, The Monarch, is a potrayal of life in a heavily industrial culture, forced to reinvent itself as its once beloved industries find themselves in decline. The story gives an intimate picture of the Compton family, who are at the heart of society in the region.

Jennings paints a vivid picture of the setting behind his novel, rich with detail. I enjoyed the stream of consciousness writing style. The story is interwoven with a number of very strong characters who each bring a piece of the unique culture of the North – East region. Jennings also does a remarkable job of incorporating the regional dialect and accent into the writing.

Jennings is a masterful storyteller and I look forward to reading more from him.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About the Author

John Jennings

The author was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England before moving to the East Midlands and London where he studied a degree in English, history and politics and then a Masters in journalism. He spent almost twelve years teaching adults in various settings including university and college. He now lives with his wife and young family in the North of Ireland. Extensively traveled, John has visited over 30 countries throughout Europe, North Africa, Asia, Australasia and both North and South America.

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