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The Illumination of Merton Browne
The Illumination of Merton Browne
by JM Shaw
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of disenchantment and redemption through knowledge, 11 Aug. 2007
An excellent book about a boy (Merton Browne) from a tough and deprived estate, who enters his secondary comp subconsciously hoping that education might lead him away from his disfunctional family and sink estate. Merton is a very clever boy whose energies are syphoned off into both learning on his own in a secret place under the school and being the brains behind the local gang on the estate....

There are moments in the book of huge suspense and drama. There are wonderful cameos of his headteacher, his friend's evangelical Caribbean mum, Merton's tutor and his mother.

I could not put it down; Merton as a character is superb and you immediately ( and I obsessively) get drawn into his world from the start.

As well as being a great story it has strong social message: ranging from the importance of thorough education, of well disciplined schools, of the need for fathers in the lives of their children etc...

I urge you to buy it will not be disappointed.

A Note Of Madness (Definitions)
A Note Of Madness (Definitions)
by Tabitha Suzuma
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel, 19 Feb. 2007
Tabitha Suzuma has written a superb and moving book about an young man grappling with depression. I found the way the author described the gradual descent into losing control very realistic. It was also fascinating understanding what exactly this boy was going through and how his lifestyle and pressures exacerbated his condition. I really recommend it.

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