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When I was first looking at reading this book I had a look at the first few pages and I thought to myself that here is a book that is very Sheffield As a born and bred Sheffielder that makes it great for me but don t worry if you don t know the city as you will still appreciate the story.I do, however, think that the setting is crucial, not least because it deals with the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, particularly for police officers who were on duty that day, some of whom have neve When I was first looking at reading this book I had a look at the first few pages and I thought to myself that here is a book that is very Sheffield As a born and bred Sheffielder that makes it great for me but don t worry if you don t know the city as you will still appreciate the story.I do, however, think that the setting is crucial, not least because it deals with the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, particularly for police officers who were on duty that day, some of whom have never been able to move on One of those ex officers is a character in the book and he s obsessive about going over and over his memories and the paperwork relating to the incident.The other major characters are all women Alexa is a PCSO who is in a polyamorous relationship with Caron Caron is a climber and wants to attempt the difficult Black Car Burning climb at Stanage Edge Leigh works in a climbing gear shop and watches on as Caron pushes herself further and further with her climbs, whilst also dealing with her slightly unstable boss, Pete.In between each chapter is a vignette from the point of view of a place in Sheffield, really bringing the city to life for both residents and non residents alike.Feelings and emotions are very much at the forefront of Black Car Burning I d describe it as a quiet and intense read at times I liked the way boundaries were challenged and that it s far from formulaic It s a very well written story of love, loss, trauma, being tested and being brave, leading up to a hopeful ending Helen Mort is a poet as well as a debut novelist and her writing is definitely poetic in style This meant that it wasn t always easy for me personally to read but I do think she has an intelligent, thoughtful and descriptive writing style I m really interested to see what she writes next This is Helen Mort s first novel, previously she has been known as a poet, generally writing about the experiences of hikers and the mountains they play on That theme continues here, each chapter is separated by a page long piece of prose, almost poems, about the different climbing areas of the Peak District.As you may guess, this isn t a plot driven novel It focuses on the life of a community police officer, Alexa, and her girlfriend, who despite their mutual love of climbing, their relations This is Helen Mort s first novel, previously she has been known as a poet, generally writing about the experiences of hikers and the mountains they play on That theme continues here, each chapter is separated by a page long piece of prose, almost poems, about the different climbing areas of the Peak District.As you may guess, this isn t a plot driven novel It focuses on the life of a community police officer, Alexa, and her girlfriend, who despite their mutual love of climbing, their relationship has become strained The settings have great appeal, from the rocks and quarries surrounding Sheffield to its pubs and nightlife Underlying all though, and haunting their lives, are the painful memories of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster More than anything else it s a novel about trust, so evident between climbers, and exploreddeeply in the relationships between the key characters The various strands never quite come together though, and I was left with the feeling that I had read several interwoven short stories with none of them strong enough to to give the whole thing a backbone #FREE BOOK ⚡ Black Car Burning Ä The debut novel from the brilliant and award winning poet Helen MortAlexa is a police community support officer whose world feels unstableCaron, Alexa s girlfriend, is pushing her away and pushing herself even harder A climber, she fixates on a brutal route Leigh, who works at a local gear shop, watches Caron climb and feels complicitMeanwhile, an ex police officer compulsively revisits the April day inthat changed his life forever Trapped in his memories of the disaster, he tracks the Hillsborough inquests, questioning everythingAs the young women negotiate Sheffield s violent inheritance, the rock faces of Stanage and their relationships with each other, Mort stunningly grounds these journeys of trust and trauma, fear and falling, in the texture of the urban and natural terrain underfoot A beautifully accomplished debuta deeply felt work of loss, time and healing Guardian Helen Mort is unmistakably one of the most brilliant poets of her generation Black Car Burning shows her to be a remarkable novelist Robert Macfarlane This is a novel that, for me, is hard to review Why Because while this probably isn t the book for a reader like me, I still have to applaud how beautifully it is written The author is a poet and her foray into novel writing shows how lyrically sound she is with the way this book is written I think for those who are familiar with Sheffield, this may be apleasurable read As a person who is not even remotely familiar, the constant referencing left me a little lost Let s step away from This is a novel that, for me, is hard to review Why Because while this probably isn t the book for a reader like me, I still have to applaud how beautifully it is written The author is a poet and her foray into novel writing shows how lyrically sound she is with the way this book is written I think for those who are familiar with Sheffield, this may be apleasurable read As a person who is not even remotely familiar, the constant referencing left me a little lost Let s step away from that and look at the story itself Absolutely this is a character driven book There is little plot and there is no clear beginning, middle and end The background is the characters links to the events of the Hillsborough disaster, which I also had to look up What s absolutely gorgeous about this book is the writing itself Mort brings us this wonderfully atmospheric read, that while a bit somber, brings you right into the world of these characters Their loss Their grief Their trauma This book isabout the space and feeling surrounding these characters and what happens to them during these events As a poet, the author really brings usof a feeling within the pages rather than having us follow a plot of any kind Like life itself, these characters continue on after that last page is turned While this book is not the book for me personally, I think that those who love character driven novels that wax poetically, this is a book you will absolutely enjoy Black Car Burning is the poet Helen Mort s first novel Set in her native Sheffield, it weaves multiple strands into a finely stitched tapestry of the city and the neighbouring Derbyshire Peak District Anyone who knows Sheffield will also know how the western side of the city merges almost imperceptibly with the moors and gritstone ridges of the Dark Peak Helen Mort brings together the stories of a seemingly disparate group of characters a PCSO working against the odds to keep the peace in in Black Car Burning is the poet Helen Mort s first novel Set in her native Sheffield, it weaves multiple strands into a finely stitched tapestry of the city and the neighbouring Derbyshire Peak District Anyone who knows Sheffield will also know how the western side of the city merges almost imperceptibly with the moors and gritstone ridges of the Dark Peak Helen Mort brings together the stories of a seemingly disparate group of characters a PCSO working against the odds to keep the peace in inner city Page Hall as the influx of large numbers of Roma immigrants transform the nature of the local community, her partner Caron, addicted to the thrill of risky climbs on Stanage Edge and Leigh, who works in an outdoors shop in the popular climbing base of Hathersage Linking them all is Pete, haunted by his experience as a young police officer of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.Kaleidoscopic, fragmentary and imagist in places, it s sometimes hard to keep on top of who s who, but the relationship between the characters and their individual stories becomes increasingly clear as the novel progresses There s definitely a poetic sensibility at work here, most tellingly in the short alternate chapters in which the city and the Pennines are given their own voice and tell their own stories.The title, by the way, comes from the name of a climb on Stanage Edge classed as E Extremely Severe 7 I ll direct you to Ellie s review for a complete description of the review I d write if I was not so lazy I ve never been to the Sheffield area, so did a lot of Googleing, especially for images I loved the character sketches of places between the people chapters This was the clearest evidence that Mort is a poet I look forward to her next novel. Landscape as character, character as landscape a novel of details so specific that they become almost ambient. Reading Black Car Burning was an interesting experience as well as an interesting book I am no climber I can understand the appeal without having any personal interest and even less ability but I wonder if some of my experience, the occasional nails down a blackboard sensation, the gritted teeth echo a climb The book has lots of characters and points of view and that is even without considering the device of places as characters with their own perspectives I enjoyed all of this even t Reading Black Car Burning was an interesting experience as well as an interesting book I am no climber I can understand the appeal without having any personal interest and even less ability but I wonder if some of my experience, the occasional nails down a blackboard sensation, the gritted teeth echo a climb The book has lots of characters and points of view and that is even without considering the device of places as characters with their own perspectives I enjoyed all of this even though some bits weresuccessful than others The complex interplay between personal issues and big events, both cataclysmic, like the Hillsborough disaster atrocity or slower, the community conflicts made for a challenging experience.I found the polyamory aspect of the book difficult There were suggestions that this is a personal identity what I am cf this is my situation and I am happy with it and that there s a straw man made of other forms of relationship This seems to me to diminish the opportunity to say something worthwhile about the negatives of those otherconventional situations Alexa to me seemed a disempowered individual almost a victim of low level abuse and there was so much in her personal history which spoke of not enough love This combined with what too often seemedpolyfuckery than anything to do with love or personal connection or a theme of the book trust, and thus the argumentsdefensive than strong It felt like labels, flags, codes had been stuck all over situations situations which have been written about many times and always will be which didn t warrant them I am not throwing stones here, I know about the glasshouse I wonder if this could have been written about differently, in a way that didn t have me thinking Hollyoaks The Hillsborough backdrop works always difficult using something like this for a work of art Ironically I wonderedabout a small element of the book which refers to climbing at High Tor on which I am looking out as I write and whether it was OK to describe real, if less nationally famous incidents, relevant though it is to the overall plot I wasn t so sure about the anti Roma atmosphere on the Page Hall estate working although she has some worthwhile things to say of the complexities.I wonder if someone who didn t know that Helen Mort is a poet would know it is a poet s novel It s not lyrical and I liked that, but it still seems, and this is a compliment, a poet s novel to me A love letter to Sheffield, South Yorkshire and climbing Having loved Mort s poetry collection Division Street named after a street in Sheffield city centre and the title of a poem in the book I was eager to check this out Black Car Burning takes its title from the name of a climb at Stanage Edge, a popular destination for climbers in the Peak District and not too far from Sheffield The book ischaracter and place driven than plot driven, although the whole story takes place with t A love letter to Sheffield, South Yorkshire and climbing Having loved Mort s poetry collection Division Street named after a street in Sheffield city centre and the title of a poem in the book I was eager to check this out Black Car Burning takes its title from the name of a climb at Stanage Edge, a popular destination for climbers in the Peak District and not too far from Sheffield The book ischaracter and place driven than plot driven, although the whole story takes place with the backdrop of the characters links to the events of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.I never thought I d say this but I actually enjoyed Mort s poetrythan this novel, however the mediums aren t exactly directly comparable I don t think this novel will be for everyone I lived in Sheffield for 3 years and loved all of the local references, but if you don t have a link to the city I can appreciate that these might get a bit annoying after a while or you ll be doing a fair bit of Googling Despite these minor criticisms the novel makes for compelling reading, tackling themes of identity in a fractured nation, grief and love To steal my GR friend Will s phrase Mort is one to watch for sure I just can t stop having nightmares You and the rest of South Yorkshire, love, Alexa is a polyamorous cop with a climbing obsessed girlfriend Her estranged dad was a cop on duty during the Hillsbrough disaster It s an oddly eclectic premise if you don t know anything about Sheffield, but if Sheffield were to write a novel I m sure it d sound a lot like Black Car Burning And the neighbourhoods and landscapes of South Yorkshire do speak in short segments throughout the book, acting as an omn I just can t stop having nightmares You and the rest of South Yorkshire, love, Alexa is a polyamorous cop with a climbing obsessed girlfriend Her estranged dad was a cop on duty during the Hillsbrough disaster It s an oddly eclectic premise if you don t know anything about Sheffield, but if Sheffield were to write a novel I m sure it d sound a lot like Black Car Burning And the neighbourhoods and landscapes of South Yorkshire do speak in short segments throughout the book, acting as an omnipotent sounding board for the characters lives As if the chatty landscape is there to amplify the human silences that blanket the whole story It is unapologetically landscape bound what could have so easily become a phony device never did because the story wouldn t make any sense in any other place, told any other way.It s a story about trauma how it ricochets off everyone it touches into everyone else too, connectingthan you might expect It s also aboutmundane stuff what happens when someone you love stops talking What happens when relationships change.It s clear to me that it s a novel written by a poet because reading it feelslike being immersed in a feeling or a theme than being tugged along by a plot Which is not to say nothing happens, just that the stuff that does happen seems almost beside the point the story is bigger than the story It s bare and blunt, and there are whole characters that exist almost as negative space, describedby everyone else s actions than their own.I read it twice, back to back I wanted to understand what had just happened to the characters, but also to me I m still not completely sure But it s an amazing book and you should read it Just be prepared to have complex feelings