- Author Michel Faber
It’s been a while since I read the Crimson Petal and the White, and although I didn’t realise I was missing the characters, when I spotted this book available for the Kindle, I got quite excited. It’s very short, just a few short stories featuring some of the characters from the main book.
In particular, it was fun to see what happened to Clara, and how difficult William Rackham finds life post-Sugar. The stories about Sugar herself appeared to take place before any of the action of the novel, so that was a little bit jarring in terms of the others, but it was quite easy to place them after only a few paragraphs.
The only one I was less sure about was the final story that focused on Sophie. It seemed too far removed from the world that we know of, and although she does pay a visit to an important location in the main book, it’s all a bit… pointless is not the right word, but it’s something close to it.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the concept of some brief scenes from the lives of the characters that I spent so much time with before. I think more books could do with sharing little insights like this, and expanding their universe.