Craig Sherborne, poet and author of memoirs Hoi Polloi and its sequel, Muck, has turned his hand to fiction with The Amateur Science of Love. It follows the see-saw relationship of naive but cocksure Colin and eccentric artist, Tilda. Colin pursues an initially reluctant Tilda and they start a new life together in the country and along the way deal with isolation, illness, infidelity and their everchanging feelings. I can’t fault this book—the characters are solid and believable, the storyline unpredictable and the rural Australian imagery vivid. The science of love and lust in its many forms is played out convincingly through Colin and Tilda and is not told in an overly soppy or trite way—it’s tangible, and that’s what works so well. In my opinion, books with ‘love’ in the title don’t tend to reflect real relationships, or none I’ve had knowledge of, but this one does. I admit I haven’t read any of Sherborne’s previous books but after thoroughly enjoying this absorbing tale, I will be tracking down his other work tout suite.
Katie Horner is presently on maternity leave from her role as assistant editor of Bookseller+Publisher.