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In the Telegraph yesterday, Andrew Martin reviewed Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman and, within a word-count roughly half the length of a Guardian Review piece, found space to justify certain observations about Blackman's style:

"It must be said that nobody would buy Noughts And Crosses or Knife Edge for the charming idiosyncrasy of the language. Sephy, cast adrift from her family, is 'so poor that she doesn't have a pot to pee in'; attempting to communicate with the mother of her late lover, she is 'tip-toeing on eggshells'; later, in a strange refinement of the cliche, she is tiptoeing around her 'on crisp packets'. "

Martin found the redeeming strength of Blackman's book was 'its moral heft'.

Judith Hawley reviewed Stripes Of The Sidestep Wolf by Sonya Hartnett. More precis than review, Hawley threw some comfort to blurb writers with her parting shot, calling the book 'a finely poised, deeply engaging book.'

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