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When I first read this children’s book, I was desperate to give it to everyone I knew- first my flatmate, then my parents. In fact, I wanted to have kids so I could share it with them about ten years later (it‘s still waiting patiently on my shelf for that moment).
‘I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’
Lily's most beloved toy is her blue kangaroo. But the adults in her life keep plying her with new toys and blue kangaroo finds himself jostling for Lily's attention.
Cat lives in an apartment in New York City, and his owner thinks he lazes about all day. Little does he know that every morning Cat lets his friend Canary out of his cage and they go up to spend the day on the roof together.
It’s telling that the author describes ‘Maybe the Moon,‘ as being ‘partly autobiographical,’ despite the narrator being a three-foot-tall thirtysomething straight woman and not a middle-aged gay man.
Best-known for his electrifying first novel Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates then went on to write the same story, just as beautifully, several times over- sometimes making it longer (Young Hearts Crying) shorter (Cold Spring Harbour) or with two female protagonists (Easter Parade).
‘Broken nose. Loose teeth. Cracked ribs. Broken finger. Black eyes.
Life doesn’t work out as you planned. This is the central, completely non-judgmental message of Rosamond Lehmann’s tender narrative of an extramarital affair in shabby 30s London.
Despite the precious title and aura of icky Victoriana, Burnett’s heroine Sara Crewe is actually a feisty little creature with a bit of a temper, fire in her veins and a huge imagination.
One day it rains hearts and Cornelia Augusta catches them - then starts to turn them into gifts for her animal friends, each gift suited to the taste and character of each friend.