‘Some Bloom in Darkness’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ‘Some Bloom in Darkness’ by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 27 August 2010
Briefly: After witnessing a violent incident at the railway station where he works as a ticket clerk, perpetual dreamer and sketcher, Saboné, begins to have a fixation with a particularly woman he sees in a shop window, while on his way to work every day.
Afterthoughts: What may sound like a straightforward story from the description above is anything but. Again loss and loneliness are explored in this story from Van Booy, but on a level that pretty much transcends anything I’ve ever read before in the short form. ‘Some Bloom in Darkness’ is remarkable, and on so many levels. The sheer beauty of Van Booy’s prose and the breathtaking imagery that his words throw up, is beyond description. And in all honesty I can’t find the words I need to fully explain just how much this story has touched me. So best I just give up and simply tell you that your life will probably never be complete until you read this story; that’s an over-exaggeration maybe, but as I write this, this is exactly how I feel. A perfect 5 out of 5 story!

Rating: ★★★★★

This story was read as part of a review of Simon Van Booy’s collection, The Secret Lives of People in Love. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to either swing by my ‘forethoughts’ post, or to visit the product page on the publisher’s website; The Secret Lives of People in Love is published in the UK by Beautiful Books, and in the US by Harper Perennial.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. Great! I’m about to complete my life! This book has just arrived and I can’t wait to read it. I don’t think I will forget Love Begins in Winter.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      I’m excited for you Cat, and not a little jealous for embarking on a wonderful journey that I’ve already taken and can no longer look forward to. Keep me posted on progress x