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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse Paperback – Unabridged, 4 May 2017
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I will come back with a proper review when I have read the book.
It is books like these that make you realise that e-books are not the only way to enjoy reading.
PS the lovely cover is disfigured by a Costa Awards label. I do not want that!
Superbly illustrated by the author (visual jokes abound), it comes as a handsomely packaged hardback (stitched binding no less!) with metallic purple edging and endpapers embossed with silver skulls that are alone worth the price of admission.
Ada is the daughter of Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall, a famous poet, known, from his habit of shooting at garden ornaments, as being ‘mad, bad and dangerous to gnomes.’ There are absolutely no prizes for guessing the originals of Lord Goth, Ada, Mary Shellfish, the Polar Explorer (and his ex-girlfriend), or knowing why the chimney caretaker at Ghastly-Gorm is called Kingsley, and his predecessor was Van Dyke – or recognising the procession of the unfortunate Ada’s unsatisfactory governesses from the warty Morag Macbee, through Hebe Poppins (who runs off with Van Dyke), Jane Ear (“Ada suspected early on that she wasn’t really very interested in being a governess at all…Lord Goth had to send her away when she tried to burn down the west wing” ) culminating in the altogether more congenial Lucy Borgia, a vampire who specialises in duelling with umbrellas.
The plot is fairly slight, involving Ada’s meeting with the ghostly mouse (‘Call me Ishmael’) and their attempts to foil the plans of the evil indoor gamekeeper, Maltravers, who is conspiring to provide Rupert von Hellsung with some unusual trophies from the famous Ghastly-Gorm Indoor Hunt, which incidentally results in an improvement of the relationship between Ada and her father (traumatised by the death of her mother he has been unable to bear the sight of her) and Ishmael’s release from his ghostly existence when his Memoirs of a Mouse (which appears as a tiny addition to the book in a pocket at the back) is published by Macmillan.
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I loved the books presentation - embossed cover/illustrations. have read it myself - imaginative story.
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