My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal


I think My Name is Leon would have resonated more deeply had I not recently read the magnificent What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor. The two books share similar themes – young boys from dislocated families, struggling to make sense of their worlds. It’s not that one is better than the other, but I think […]

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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle


Wolf in White Van made me ache. It resonated in deeply personal ways, that were tough to face head-on but impossible to ignore. John Darnielle’s writing is magnificent. I love the Mountain Goats beyond measure, so I experienced some hesitancy over whether the book could live up to my expectations, but I needn’t have worried. […]

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Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, and Alexandre Franc


Agatha stumbled across my path by happy accident. While scrolling through the Guardian books section one break time, I found myself reading Rachel Cooke’s review of this graphic biography and thought it a wonderfully novel idea. I filed it away somewhere in my memory banks, then coincidentally came face to face with it a month […]

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