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Miriam Moss was a passenger on one of the planes hijacked in September 1970 by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Aged just fifteen, she was flying alone from Bahrain to London to return to boarding school. Forty-five years on, she has written a novel based on her experiences, and very fine it is.
Patrick Ness’s new novel relies somewhat on the same conceit as Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or the John Smith’s bachelor party sequence in Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, where usually unregarded peripheral figures in a story are given their own tale to tell.
(Hot Key Books)
This is the new novel from the winner of the Branford Boase Award. When we meet Grace and her friends, Brett and Louisa, they have completed their school-leaving exams in Cape Town and are heading up the West Coast for the rite-of-passage celebration week.
Sicklit can be harrowing enough – from childhood leukaemia to heart conditions, writers know how to jerk an adolescent tear. Here, although illness is at the core of everything, Ingelin Rossland offers much more.