Reading fiction is a peculiar experience. If you allow yourself to jump into a story and get caught in the current of letters, words and paragraphs it can become all consuming. At other times external stimuli, like a smell or the place you are reading seep into the book. As a compulsive listener of music, songs and stories have long been happy companions.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s list of my favourite picture books and graphic novels of 2015 comes another ten books for children, these ones containing more words than pictures. It’s a stupidly broad category that includes stories about trains, wolves, refugees, pills, Christmas, tigers and tapirs. And that’s just how I like it. Five … Continue reading
With his new sci-fi epic Philip Reeve has performed a similar leap of the imagination to the one he made with his Mortal Engines series. In Railhead the earth is a distant memory, its former inhabitants now spread across the far reaches of the solar system. The ingenious twist here is that instead of moving between … Continue reading