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I am Cat by Jackie Morris
I am Cat by Jackie Morris
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A domestic cat sleeps ("ammonite tight") and dreams - wonderful, vivid dreams of fierce, wild, other-cat lives: lions and tigers and jaguars, oh, my! A beautiful book for any cat lover; Jackie Morris's love for cats, domestic and wild, is matched by the glory of her illustrations and the magic of her prose. Orange cats have played a major part in Jackie's life, and those who follow her blog will recognise an old friend in the cover artwork.
The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith
The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith
Dodie Smith is now known almost solely for 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians' and 'I Capture the Castle', but she was a prolific novelist and playwright in her time. A few of her novels have just been reissued by Constable, this being one.

In the 1920s, three aspiring young actresses living in the same theatrical women's club become close friends. Later they meet another young woman who becomes star-struck by them, moves into the club, splashes her seemingly inexhaustible funds on them, then disappears as suddenly as she came. Forty years later, glamorous Lilian, large, indolent Molly, and the narrator, tiny, indomitable Mouse, are still having regular reunions, always hoping that… Read more
The Orphan's Tales Vol. I in the Night Garden: 1 by Catherynne M. Valente
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I do believe that we have here a whole new genre: art house fantasy. Never mind the content, see how clever we are!

No, I didn't like it very much, what makes you say that?

In a universe apparently inspired by an old Fry's Turkish Delight advert, a young orphan girl afflicted by a dark birthmark around her eyes haunts the gardens of the Palace (it doesn't say what Palace), feared and shunned by all, until one day a young boy dares to speak to her. She tells him that her birthmark is, in fact, a long, magical tale, one that she is reading (it also doesn't say how she learned to read) slowly, in a backwards mirror, one eye at a time. The boys asks her to tell him her… Read more

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