I reviewed this for Buzz Magazine (which, as always, is a magazine I highly recommend you read).
For the sake of the magazine-tile aesthetic I was going for, you probably can’t read my little column at the bottom there, so here’s what I had to say about Adam Scovell’s book:
Thomas is a young boy when he first encounters Phyllis Ewans, a prominent lepidopterist, or person who studies moths. After the death of Phyllis’ sister, Thomas and his family remove themselves from her life, but the boy is left with an adopted fascination with moths and the landscape of north Wales. Years later, the two are reunited and Thomas becomes not only an almost-friend to Phyllis, but also her career towards the end of her life. Thomas finds himself obsessed with Phyllis and her relationship with moths, using photographs from throughout her life to learn as much about her as he can, hoping to ultimately rid himself of the feeling that the two of them are the same person. A well-crafted, complex and moving piece that tackles love, loss, forgiveness and the line between inspiration and obsession.
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