Saturday, 9 July 2011

Review of Mal Peet, Mary Hoffman and Angela McAllister

David: Ladies' Man
I've reviewed three excellent historical novels for teenagers for The Daily Telegraph: Mal Peet's Life: An Exploded Diagram, Mary Hoffman's David, and Angela McAllister's The Double Life of Cora Parry. All excellent books, brimming with historical detail and charm and winning protagonists. Peet's is a superlative fiction, as poignant and moving as anything I've read in the last few years; Mary Hoffman delves behind Michaelangelo's statue of David and uncovers some fascinating detail about its symbolism and provenance; and McAllister provides a Dickensian London complete with monkeys, mud and murderers. Read my review HERE.

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