The Things We Learn When We’re Dead

By: Charlie Laidlaw

Goodreads rate: 3.66 / 5 | My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 / 5

The Things We Learn When We're DeadThe Things We Learn When We’re Dead is about how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, but how we can sometimes get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.
It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN, because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident… or does God have a higher purpose after all?
Despite that, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is neither sci-fi nor fantasy. It is a book about memory and how, if we could remember things slightly differently, would we also be changed?

In HVN, Lorna can at first remember nothing. But as her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that, maybe, she can find a way back home.


The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is the second novel by Charlie Laidlaw. It is contemporary fantasy adventure. The Story was really thought of well! Talk about amazing imagination!

There was heaps of part that dragged a lot which made it hard for me to continue reading. There was a lot of flashbacks and dreams, which is clearly relevant to the story but it was rather way too long. It made it hard for me to understand what was going on at the time.

Overall Charlie Laidlaw did a great job with this book. Characters were created and described well. He definitely have an amazing imagination! What an amazing book!

About the author

“Charlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley, Central Scotland. He was brought up in West of Scotland. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Laidlaw is married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian.

He then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. He started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. He interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened him with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, He was ordered out of Greece. He then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries.”

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