I've had this book lying around my house for quite a while. Maybe a couple of years now. Never doubted from all the positive reviews that it was a good book. Just never picked it up because I got the impression it was a sad story and I don't particularly warm to sad stories! Finally packed it on Monday for the return journey from London to Belfast and got through 200 of the 400 pages that first day! "Engrossed" is quite the understatement. I'm an otherwise slow reader yet managed to get through around 50 pages every evening that followed. I guess that says it all. Brilliant book. Absolute must read.