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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, reviewed by Mal Peet

Although she looks irreproachable in photographs, Annabel Pitcher's thing is guilt. Her first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, which reaped a harvest of plaudits and the Branford Boase award for a first novel, was narrated by a boy guilty of feeling less than the requisite grief for a dead sister. The narrator of her second book is a teenage girl so riven by guilt that it hurts to go on living because she is, by her own lights, a murderer. In both novels, the bleakness of the material is leavened by Pitcher's uncanny skill with the narrative voice. In each, emotional rawness is modified by ironical humour and dry-eyed directness, which make the voice both convincing and persuasive. Reading Ketchup Clouds, I was reminded somewhat of Meg Rosoff, the non-pareil in this art. MAL PEET

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