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The supernatural world and 1920s Oxford

The Wolf in the Attic - Paul Kearney


This novel is a bit of a strange mixture and it is a little disjointed in my opinion. It deals with an 11-year-old Greek girl, living in exile with her father in Oxford at the end of the 1920s. As she tries to make sense of the world in which she now lives, her life is transformed by various factors. She encounters characters who will change her forever. She gets involved in a fight between warring supernatural forces.

Reasonably engaging and well-written with excellent descriptions of rural England, this book didn’t quite work for me as the second half doesn’t always work with the first part. Why introduce CS Lewis and Tolkien and then discard them so readily?