Booking Through Thursday: Different Kind of Romance

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about books and reading.

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? Who and what about them did you love?

This one didn’t require a lot of thought, because I’ve been in love with the same fictional character for years–detective Jackson Brodie from Kate Atkinson’s amazing series of books.  From Atkinson’s website:

Jackson Brodie is a private investigator, originally from Yorkshire. A former soldier and policeman he now makes his money working from investigating infidelity and finding missing cats. Jackson’s tough-guy exterior belies a deeply empathetic heart. He’s unable to resist coming to the rescue and increasingly he becomes a magnet for the bereaved, the lost and the dysfunctional. His ability to connect comes from his own tragic childhood that still haunts him.

“Jackson had never felt at home in Cambridge, never felt at home in the south of England if it came to that. He had come here more or less by accident, following a girlfriend and staying for a wife. For years he had thought about moving back north, but he knew he never would. There was nothing there for him, just bad memories and a past he could never undo, and what was the point anyway when France was laid out on the other side of the Channel like an exotic patchwork of sunflowers and grapevines and little cafes where he could sit all afternoon drinking local wine and bitter espressos and smoking Gitanes, where everyone would say, Bonjour, Jackson, except they would pronounce it ‘zhaksong’, and he would be happy. Which was exactly the opposite of how he felt now.”

– From Case Histories

I love that Jackson is such a decent man.  He is a strong, alpha male but at the same time a sensitive guy who loves sappy country music and wants to retire in the French countryside.  He tries his best to do right by the people around him, and the most important person in his life is his daughter.

I had no idea that a tv series based on the books had come out on the BBC, so now I have to find and watch it!  The choice of Jason Isaacs to play Jackson seems like a good one to me, although I’ll have to watch to see how he lives up to the fantasy of Jackson I’ve built up in my mind…


3 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Different Kind of Romance

  1. Marg

    Jackson is a great choice – have to ask where is Jamie and the Bonners though….

    I don’t think that the TV series has made it here yet either but I am looking forward to seeing it when it does get here.


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