Smoke, mirrors and planes — Calmgrove

Christopher Priest: The Adjacent Gollancz 2013 “We were naïve, all of us but especially me — we thought we were making a breakthrough into something that would neutralise weapons. It would always be safe to use, non-aggressive in nature, harmless because it would remove harm. But what we all feared soon came to pass: minds […]

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Weird and wonderful — Calmgrove

Having had a hectic month joining in several bookish events (March Magics celebrating Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, Dewithon and Begorrathon celebrating Wales and Ireland respectively in books) you’d think I would be putting my feet up. Well, so did I. But that was before I saw this.

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Primitive catastrophe — Calmgrove

Alan Garner: The Owl Service Postscript by the author HarperCollins Children’s Books 2007 (1967) “Possessive parents rarely live long enough to see the fruits of their selfishness.” — 1965 quote from Radio Times used as an epitaph for The Owl Service We often unconsciously live our lives according to a script, seeing ourselves acting out […]

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Wild magics — Calmgrove

The first March Magics event (then called DWJ March) was inaugurated by Kristen of We Be Reading in March 2012 to celebrate the worlds of Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011). This year’s March Magics has as its featured DWJ book Howl’s Moving Castle, perhaps her most famous title and the subject of a delightful Studio Ghibli […]

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The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize 2019 — Joan Aiken

Could You write a classic children’s book that would be in print fifty years from now? When Joan Aiken was writing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in 1960, she was still travelling up to London every day for her ‘day job’ on Argosy magazine, which paid the mortgage and fed the family. As the daughter […]

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Death and the maiden — Calmgrove

Nine Bawden: Carrie’s War Introduction by Michael Morpurgo Virago Modern Classics 2017 (1973) Guilt is a terrible thing. And when it’s brought about by such a tenuous belief as sympathetic magic, the sense of culpability can overwhelm—even when there may be no actual cause-and-effect involved between an act and what happens subsequently. Such is the […]

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