This is such a good book, the best read I have had for a while. Bittersweet, nostalgic and I loved every word. It is so well written, with clever prose and descriptions of decades and events that are part of my past too. I warmed to Philippa, her unconventional upbringing and was moved by some of the things she went through. I would definitely (and have) recommend this to my friends to read. One of the negative reviewers said they found it hard to relate to the story being told through the "voice" of a baby. Why not? It makes it stand out from the other books that grace our bookshops. It's Philippa's story and as such, it needs to be her voice, as she grows up and develops. Black Beauty is written from the animal's point of view (another classic story), that is what sets that book apart too. Read this brilliant book, absorb Philippa's life, her friends and the quirky characters in her life. Quite simply amazing.