Marion Lloyd Books
Ally Kennen pens her novels with sheer adrenalin. ‘Berserk’ is an incredibly fast-paced, taut thriller that will literally have readers teetering on the edges of their seats, breathless and hearts-pounding as they anticipate what is to follow’
Opening shortly after the disappearance of Sophie, ‘The Angel Collector’ sees her boyfriend, Jit, and Sophie’s parents paralysed by the uncertainty as to what fate might have befallen her. Need for a definite resolutions drives Jit to lead his own enquiries into his friend’s alleged abduction.
Innocence and experience are juxtaposed and played off one another with expert brilliance in the relationship Anne Fine develops between Jamie and his favourite soft toy, Angus. Acting as a siphon for the turn of phrase and thoughts that predominate amongst the adults that surround him, Jamie assumes a paternalistic role over Angus, whom as a consequence of transference on the part of Jamie, affects the role and guise of child. Interplay between these shifting identities creates the dynamism and drive for the stories both in the original collection and in this new volume, ‘Jamie and Angus Together’.
Continuing the social history gleaned from Allan Ahlberg’s childhood that was begun in “My Brother’s Ghost‘, this book is set in 1953, the Coronation year, the stimuli for the Coronation Cup, a football tournament local to Oldbury in which the young Ahlberg took part.
ed. Tony Bradman
Composed of eleven individual stories extending from the reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a more familiar London, ‘Give Me Shelter’ provides admirable insight into the lives and struggles of those seeking asylum.
Multiple narration and the three interwoven story threads within ‘Zenith’ gives the novel a widened breadth of focus, an extension of influence, that lends it a power and scope far and beyond that of its already impressive predecessor, ‘Exodus’.