When I go on holiday, I like to see what’s on my shelves that can be left behind on the way back … this book – The Way the Crow Flies – was picked up for £1 in a charity shop – 700+ pages, fairly small font, and interesting back-cover blurb … in the 4+ hour flight over I managed 200+ of those pages, with the other 300-each over the next couple of days.
Set in the early 1960s, on a Canadian airforce base, we largely see the story through the eyes of Madeleine McCarthy (but also her family), an eight-year old who is well-used (already) to living on various bases in Europe, as she settles into new friendships, and gets to know the people around her. The book is highly detailed (possibly a bit slow to get going in places), and deals with some difficult topics, including the murder of a young girl. The promised indication that the story would continue to 20 years later came a lot later than I expected in the book, and still left a few questions (as I guess a good book should!).
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.