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Book Review: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

I’ve recently finished re-reading a book that has been sitting untouched on my shelves for over twelve years. The last time I read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (first published 1981), I was around ten years old and it had such an impact on me that I couldn’t sleep properly for over a week.

"Goodnight Mister Tom"

Aimed at younger readers, Goodnight Mister Tom focuses on the relationship between nine year old William “Willie” Beech and Tom Oakley, a sixty-something widower living in a small town in the English countryside. It is September 1939 and Willie, along with thousands of other children, has been evacuated from London to the countryside, fleeing from the threat of World War II.

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Oh the horror!

The most unimaginable, horrible thing has happened to me lately… I – traditionalist, lover of all things paper and bound – was forced to do the unspeakable. The unspeakable being not only downloading a Kindle reader, but also purchasing and reading several e-books…

I know, I’m so ashamed.

And yet, you may ask, if the very idea of purchasing e-books is so repulsive to me (and trust me, it usually is), why then would I download, purchase and read them. The answer is actually quite simple.

His name is Christopher Ruz.

And he’s a good friend of mine. Ruz has been an aspiring writer for many years. In fact, in the past I have helped him by (happily!) proofreading several of his novels and short stories. Unfortunately, he has been unlucky in finding a publisher for his works, so recently decided to self-publish his stories as e-books, exclusively to the Amazon store.

I held off for as long as I could, but eventually I caved, my desire to support a friend far outweighing my prejudice against e-books. And I wasn’t disappointed.

I generally stick to works in the fantasy genre, but there’s something about Ruz’s work that I still find captivating… If you’re interested in short stories in the genres of horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, the paranormal or black comedy (and just about any combination therein), then Hayes-Kossman might just be your kind of author! I’d encourage you to take a chance, either way.

Don’t get me wrong, I still badger Ruz to make hard-copy versions of his work every time I see him, but until he does, I know that I’ll be supporting my friend and getting some fantastic (and fantastically cheap) reads in the meantime.

Even if that does mean having to purchase e-books… 😛

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Upcoming…

BooksBooksBooks!

That is exactly what my mind is screaming at me… In an excited, fan-girly way, naturally. It is the National Year of Reading, and there are so many books awaiting publication that I am looking forward to getting my hands and my eyes on!

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