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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Life, love and a glimpse of death

"Even in the competitive field of children's literature, Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now is an immediate classic. Julie Myerson tumbles into its thrall... ..." [the phrase 'tumbles into its thrall' is not, as you may suppose, mine, but The Guardian's]

Julie Myerson's review of How I Live Now is a good example of the rapture with which Meg Rosoff's novel is being greeted, and a measure of how out on a limb I am in my own very different critical assessment [see entry for August 1st]. Myerson is an adult novelist, reviewer and columnist, and regular contributor to Newsnight Review, the BBC's weekly review roundtable, so her enthusiasm for the book will help sell copies with the book's potential adult readership.

"If E Nesbit were alive and well and had teamed up with Philip Roth to write for children, there's a chance they might have come up with How I Live Now," Myerson suggests. There's something strange and wonderful about the reading process (as we all know) if it can produce such different responses as Myerson's and mine, but quite how Meyerson makes the connection between the sharply intelligent and often offensively satirical work of Philip Roth and a book as mushily romantic as How I Live Now is beyond me.

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