Book Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird…

About the Book:

The much anticipated and utterly captivating new novel from the author of the 2018 runaway sensation, One Day in December.

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’ve been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.

But she’s wrong. Because on her twenty-seventh birthday, Freddie dies in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob ’til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live – perhaps even to love – again.

But then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there’s someone in her new life who wants her to stay?

My Thoughts:

She’s done it again! Josie Silver has delivered another heart-felt deep and meaningful story that will have you smiling and crying in equal measure. What a perfect novel to be stuck at home with!

‘Grief is an odd thing. It’s mine and no one can do it for me, but there’s been this whole supporting cast of silent actors around me in the wings.’

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a story about love and loss; grief and acceptance. This is a story that explores love in all its many shapes and sizes, from family through to friendship. But it’s also a story about finding your way back to yourself – and not just for our main character, Lydia Bird.

‘The human brain is wired to cope with grief. It knows even as we fall into unfathomably dark places, there will be light again, and if we just keep moving forward in one brave straight line, however slowly, we’ll find our way back one day.’

Perfectly balanced plot wise, with a cast of authentic and beautifully realised characters, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is utter perfection.


Thanks is extended to Penguin Random House Australia for providing me with a copy of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird for review.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
Released 17th March 2020

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

  1. This sounds like a cross between PS I Love You, and One Day. I’m becoming increasingly drawn to uplifting literature at the moment, and I’ve a feeling the general market for this kind of thing will grow for readers who wish to find some pure escapism.

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    • You know, I deliberately didn’t compare to PS I Love You because I tend to try to avoid comparisons in reviews, but yes, it did put me in mind of it. However, I wasn’t a fan of PS I Love You the book, but I did LOVE the movie. For me, this one trumps PS I Love You because Lydia has a bit more vigour and there is a definite uplift aspect to this one too.
      I think you’re right about that trend too. I am certainly reading more of it myself of late.


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