Guest Post

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @OrendaBooks @Sarahlovescrime #BlogTour #SpecialContent #GuestPost

I was extremely lucky to read and be able to review Exquisite a few weeks ago. You can find my literary fangirling here: Lots of Ex- | Book Review of Exquisite by Sarah Stovell 

Today I am just as lucky as I have special content coming right from the author… I would like to thank Karen Sullivan for choosing the best stories, Anne Cater for squeezing me into the blog tour, and Sarah Stovell for her very personal guest post…

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Sack after sack of rubble family
piled into the sky. Earth had no space,
no place for these: the lowly high risers,
the ruined view.

There was no need
to make them safe.
There was only need
to wrap
the shame
in cladding.

One spark, and the flames took the lot.
From ten floors up, a woman
threw down
her baby,
while opposite, from empty mansions,
the rich didn’t have to look.

London, and England have suffered a lot recently and this poem went straight to my heart.

The Aging Earth

You’ve spun time since the beginning, old globe. A forest of ages

lies behind you; through its branches we glimpse: reptiles; ice;

volcanoes; rock; and eons of nothing at all.

You’re more than middle-aged now. Four-and-a-half billion years

and they say you’ll go on for six. But this, your finest, most fertile

hour is closing and you suffer with the change.

You are hot. There’s not enough ice left to cool your face – you sweat

a monsoon. It floods the earth but still your deserts creep and spread

and baked mountains weep their snow.

You won’t go gently, but rage against it; high seas throw salt

on parched ground, betrayed, but still we hope you’ll find a way

to take our children into the shade, and turn your face from the sun.

Sadness, and against it, hope. Hope that the Earth keeps on turning. That things start turning in the right direction.

Sarah has a beautiful style and I was over the moon to discover those poems. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Find all the stops on the Exquisite Blog Tour below and read all about the book!



Are you curious about the author? I was lucky to have Sarah take part in the Orenda Month I organized last March! Discover 5 things about her as well as her biography!

sarah stovell finished

Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.

Follow Sarah on Twitter: @Sarahlovescrime


22 thoughts on “Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @OrendaBooks @Sarahlovescrime #BlogTour #SpecialContent #GuestPost”

  1. Wonderful post Donna. I enjoy getting to know more about the authors.Sarah’s book is such a big hit and she sounds lovely. I totally agree with her about The Book Thief!


  2. I would love Sarah if I only heard the one fact about Anne of Green Gables. I love love love this character, story, films. It is my most favourite and Anne Shirley has the best quotes and optimism.
    Sarah’s poems are pretty amazing, what a talented lady to write brilliant books and emotional poetry. Nice to have a different kind of post too, I always consider it an honour when an Author writes something specifically for my blog.


    1. Sarah is such an interesting person with a great personality! 🙂
      I was very happy to be able to share an unusual kind of guest post, and those poems are so beautiful they deserve to be read and shared. I completely agree with you, it’s very nice and I’m always grateful when an author takes the time to write or share something special for my blog.

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  3. Wow this was an incredible post Donna, and I loved those poems as well. The Grenfell one really made me feel emotional because I’ve been seeing the story unfold in the news and it always hits me just for horrible it’s been, what happened there.
    I definitely definitely agree with what Sarah thinks about The Book Thief as well. That’s one of my all-time favourite books and one I think everyone should read!
    Great post. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! The Grenfell event happened not so long ago and I am still very emotional about it, so this poem was difficult, but so beautiful. I felt it was in good connection with the second, they have a good balance.
      I really need to read The Book Thief! 🙂

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      1. That’s all right. The Grenfell event is still big news over here, I imagine it will be for quite a while because of the situation surrounding it and the lack of answers.
        Yes definitely definitely read The Book Thief Donna! 😀


  4. Such a lovely guestpost! I really need to get a copy of this one ASAP. (And maybe find a way to actually buy time to read it haha)


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