ANNABEL PITCHER AUTHOR. My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher. Five years ago, Jamie's sister, Rose, was killed in a terrorist attack in London.
Rose's twin sister, Jasmine (Jaz) survived as did the rest of the family but the tragedy has utterly devastated all of them. His parents fought over the remaining ten body parts of Rose, with his mother burying part of Rose in a cemetery while Jamie's father placed the ashes from Rose's body parts in an urn. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - TheBookbag.co.uk book review. Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has moved to the Lake District because his dad says they need a Fresh Start.
With him are his sister Jas, who doesn't eat much, is painfully thin, and who has multiple piercings and hair dyed bright pink, his father, who should be starting a new job on a building site, but who is too hungover to make it to breakfast, let alone into his car and out to work, and his cat, Roger, who relishes the new hunting opportunities and who is the only one of the foursome to be completely happy in his new surroundings. Jamie's mum isn't there. She has Run Off With The Man From The Support Group. My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - review. The subject matter of this book is so completely different to any other book I have read.
It is rather complex, as it is about love, death, murder, racism, friendship, bullying and growing up. This is narrated by a boy called Jamie, whose older sister, Rose, lives on the mantelpiece – literally. She was killed by a terrorist attack and her ashes are on the mantelpiece. Jamie's whole family life is completely messed up. His mum ran away with another man and abandoned him and his family. My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher: review.
The heavy-drinking father, who you sense intentionally is never fully fleshed out, is mired in racial prejudice, blaming Muslims for all the ills of Britain.
You take on trust that being mad with grief has created this sodden and sorry excuse for a father. Even he is not beyond redemption and he certainly fares better in the story than the uncaring, absent mother.