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Published by Faber & Faber

This is a superb book – I started this yesterday afternoon, in my tea-break. Then continued reading on the way home on the train and then just before sleep. This morning I read it between having my shower and getting dressed, then on the train again, this time on the way to work. Sadly I had no time at lunch, but finished it this evening as I came home again.

The legend of Podkin One-Ear is related by a story-teller, one who tramps the lands to tell tales at times of celebration. The legend he relates is full of good old fashioned adventure, with a young rabbit, the son of a chieftain and his older sister and younger brother up against an evil taking over their world. At the start of the tale, he does have both his ears…

I can only say I loved it – was captivated by the story, which was enhanced by the illustrations by David Wyatt – just enough to give extra flavour to the legend.


This will be a classic, without any doubt. I usually pass on my proofs to local youngsters. I’m afraid this time, I’m keeping this one. Simply one of the best books I have read for a very long time, which is particularly pleasing for this age group. For them, there isn’t enough good writing, so I’m always pleased when I come across something this good for our younger readers…though anyone sensible, who is older than that will enjoy it too…

Published by Faber & Faber

This is Emma Carroll’s latest novel. It is set in the Second World War and encompasses the blitz, refugees, and evacuation – friendship, bravery and a little bit of luck – well more than a little. It will become a classic – there’s mystery and danger from the first page – it is a real page turner – a book that details the sense, and atmosphere of a very dark time in our history.

This is the first book of Emma Carroll’s that I have read – which is slightly embarrassing; five others are listed in the front, and her seventh book – The Lost Boy is being advertised in the back. Well written, edgy and engrossing. Superb.


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Alwyn Hamilton dropped into my branch a couple of days ago and offered to sign copies of this. I hadn’t been aware of it (apart from the very striking  cover), but was happy for her to do so – after all it is lovely to have a signed book.

I picked it up to read as a result and have had a glorious couple of days submerged in a desert world with immortal horses, Djinn, guns, magic, shape-shifters, adventure of the old style (and best), love, treachery, families, bravery, a hero, well one central one, and a wild ‘blue-eyed bandit’ heroine who doesn’t really know who she is, and of course sand.


An entity in its own right.

A brilliant story of adventure – atmospheric and full of heat, and sand – I can’t not emphasis the sand enough…

Quite extraordinary.

For reasons I have yet to find out, WordPress isn’t allowing me to use the URL’s to down-load pictures at the moment. So this will be posted from here at work (I’m writing this in my lunch hour), and I will add the picture of the cover on my day off – along with some suitably sandy and dune filled illustrations.

Sand is very important in this book.

On searching the Internet for the cover, I have found references to this being the start of a trilogy. If so, that is marvellous. I haven’t quite finished it (page 344 of 358) – and I hope this to be confirmed. Its brilliant.