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‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame

‘Really, Rat,’ said the Mole quite pettishly, ‘I think we’ve had enough of this folly. Who ever heard of a doormat telling anyone anything? They simply don’t do it. They are not that sort at all. Doormats know their place.’ The indelible outline of Rat, Mole, Toad and Badger is sketched so keenly on my … Continue reading

‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

The last time I encountered Salman Rushdie’s work it was in the form of ‘Midnight’s Children‘. I was immediately struck by his vivacity of language. Six hundred pages on however, I was decidedly less enthralled. Its textual aesthetics struggled to carry me over its sheer scale and by the time I reached the last page I … Continue reading

‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl

From the first page of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ the narrator warns you: ‘this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES’. So begins the story of a boy from England and his adventures with the witches. In the very first chapter the boy’s parents die in a car crash and his grandmother … Continue reading

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