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Book of the week
It might not be the sort of tale Westerfeld fantasy fans would expect, but this double-novel is still pacey and intriguing. Darcy’s story will be catnip to anyone interested in writing a book, and Lizzie’s is genuinely creepy and thrilling.
(Faber & Faber)
As the title suggests, this is a sequel – of sorts – to E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902) and to the final novel in her trilogy, The Story of the Amulet (1906).
John Agard’s brilliant little book begins, ‘My name is book and this is the story of my life…’; and for the next 140 odd pages, Agard, in this eloquent disguise, holds us spellbound as he takes us from stories round the campfire and cave paintings to the e-book.
‘It can be a string of shells, or a bundle of special cloth. Nowadays it’s likely to be a row of ones and noughts in a computer somewhere’.This most engrossing and original book asks the question : why, when human beings managed without it for a very long time, was there a need to invent money?