Horse Boy

It’s sometime early in the 16th century, on the North American continent. (Unless I skipped a sentence by accident, time, location and clan remain unspecified.) Oak is a boy who lives with the Deer clan. After a hunt goes wrong, he finds himself lost, with only a horse to help him find his way home …

Between the Stops

What a charming book. Its easily one of the most enjoyable I’ve read this year. It’s Sandi Toksvig’s autobiography – or perhaps memoir would be a better word - but structured unlike any other memoir I’ve ever read. Instead of a chronological account of her life – I was born in... – she builds it …

Goodnight Mister Tom

I can understand why this is regarded as modern classic. The setting’s vivid; all the characters – however fleeting an appearance they make - are memorable; and the story of how a shy, mistreated WWII evacuee comes out of his shell in the English countryside holds you in its grip from page 1. When he …