Laura Dockrill is a poet and illustrator, recently voted by The Times as one of the top ten literary talents of 2008. She’s also created artwork for Kate Nash. Her book, ‘Mistakes in the background’ seems to becoming one of those ‘marmite books’, and after taking a look, I can see why.. some will embrace her style, but not all.
As a reviewer, I don’t feel it’s up to me to decide one way or the other, but simply to explain what the book offers. My initial impressions were certainly good.. it has a bright pink cover, and simply flicking through put a smile on my face. The book has the feel of a personal scrapbook, as if the author has has been collecting up her handwritten stories, poems, and drawings, to store under the bed.
The actual content is difficult to be objective about, but I would say that it’s more aimed at a younger generation, especially with regards some of the language. It’s a book to be dipped into, and flicked through, as you draw your own conclusion.