‘Everything is a Beautiful Trick’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ‘Everything is a Beautiful Trick’ by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 12 September 2010
Briefly: The narrator senses the passing of someone close to him, who lives far away. That person is Magda, a one-armed Polish girl, who entered the man’s life as an adopted sister, a long time ago when he himself was very young.
Afterthoughts: Again Van Booy paints a story so incredibly well that the sense of lose and longing is almost palpable. This tale is also hugely philosophical with the author musing on the subject of relationships, and whether we can still feel the physical presence of those who are absent. A real thought-provoker!

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.

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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. Iris (Twitter: irisonbooks)

    I really should read something by van Booy someday, don’t you think?

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Ha, I think you know what my answer to that is going to be Iris 🙂
      Warmest regards