Under The Knife

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Skin deep

The Guardian evidently considers the best people to review children's fiction are fellow authors. As has been seen recently in reviews by Eleanor Updale and Keith Gray, authors can be surprisingly gleeeful in sticking the knife into their peers. Nicola Morgan, reviewing Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman, whilst applauding Blackman's narrative drive, jibes at her style. What I object to in a review are offhand complaints about 'trite sentences' and 'naive rhetoric' with no supporting examples.

"The power is not in the use of language, which sometimes lacks grace and Blackman too often relies on trite sentences or naive rhetoric to make a point...

... as for the ending, all I can say is that Malorie Blackman is a cruel woman. It is devastatingly powerful and I have not yet recovered."

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