Branford-Boase Prize Longlist: Week 4

This week I've chosen two very different books from the longlist.Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill. Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life's noticers. Curious, smart-as-a-whip, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. In this first book, we are introduced to her family: Mum, who… Continue reading Branford-Boase Prize Longlist: Week 4

Branford-Boase Prize Longlist: Week 3

Time for the third instalment of the Branford-Boase longlist. Both this week's books are written excellently, but only one captured my heart.Red Ink by Julie Mayhew When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to… Continue reading Branford-Boase Prize Longlist: Week 3

The Medici Mirror by Melissa Bailey

The Medici Mirroris a claustrophobic and creepy story about obsession and desire. Primarily set in the present day, Johnny Carter, an architect, takes on more than he realises when he begins renovation plans for an abandoned shoe factory in London. Johnny’s had a tough time of it lately, his separation from his wife has affected… Continue reading The Medici Mirror by Melissa Bailey