Review: ‘Luke and Jon’ by Robert Williams

‘Luke and Jon’ is a heart-warming tale of Jon who, after the death of his mother, moves to a scruffy northern town with his almost entirely mute father who is drinking heavily. Jon meets Luke, a boy in 1950s clothes with a side parting and a twitch. The kids at school refer to Luke as “slackjaw”. Luke has a secret, though, and when Jon finds it out it changes everything for Jon and his dad.

‘Luke and Jon’ is a coming of age story about family, death, depression, friendship and redemption. Robert Williams’ debut novel is really impressively written and has a lot of heart. It’s not all doom and gloom, though, it’s heart warming and, at times, funny.

Shortlisted, rightfully, for several awards, ‘Luke and Jon’ won the Betty Trask Award – and rightfully so.

Vic x

One response to “Review: ‘Luke and Jon’ by Robert Williams

  1. The best thing that ever happened to me is this story,it’s heart wrenching plus carries a mystic elegance in it’s flow but not everyone would be patient enough to read this! Not everyone would be realistic and imaginary alike enough to accept the harsh beauty of the reality in this story or to acknowledge the tangle of imagination running wild in it’s own way,and nontheless this story is a bit sadistic in itself too but that”s where you get the twist mf this heart-warming tale.

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