Originally published: 18 August 2022 (Paperback 13 April 2023)
Author: Bobby Palmer
Published by: Headline
Length: 288 pages
Reading dates: 1-4 April 2023
Heartbreaking and heart-stealing, this bestselling modern-day fable is an unforgettable novel about sorrow, joy, friendship and love.
When Isaac Addy walks into the woods on the worst day of his life and finds something extraordinary there, he already knows he’s going to take it home.
A grieving Isaac and his curious new friend are unlikely companions. They don’t even speak the same language. But their chance encounter will transform Isaac’s life in way she cannot yet imagine.
And maybe he will finally be able to tell the truth.
Sometimes, to get out of the woods, you have to go into them. Isaac and the Egg is one of the most hopeful, honest and wildly imaginative novels you will ever read.
I’ve been keen to read Isaac and the Egg since it was published last year, so was thrilled to be offered the chance to review as part of the blog tour to celebrate the paperback release.
Isaac is a man who is desperate – as the book opens he is contemplating suicide. He screams in frustration and to his surprise he hears a scream echoed back from the woods. On investigation he discovers an egg shaped creature so he takes it home. Once there it opens it’s eyes, grows legs and Mr Tickle like arms and so begins a beautiful yet sad story about a man overwhelmed by grief who gradually starts to find a reason to live again.
This is a hard book to review without giving to much away. To start with I was 😲. And then I was 🤔 and by the end I was 😭 and then 😊 – quite the emotional rollercoaster. Isaac is dealing with grief but for a book which is very sad, there are moments of humour and joy. The egg is cute and sometimes naughty and has a fondness for baked beans and old movies.
A story of grief, of finding a reason to carry on and of finding hope again – Isaac and the Egg is a wonderful story and I implore you to read it.
Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Headline for my finished copy. Check out what other reviewers are saying on their blogs below:
About the author:
Bobby Palmer is a freelance journalist who writes for publications including Time Out, GQ, Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan. Isaac and the Egg is his debut novel.
It sounds very unusual!
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I think you’d like it Zoe!
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