Among Others by Jo Walton

amongThis is the story of teenage Mori’s experiences at boarding school in England, away from her beloved Wales following the death of her twin sister. Her mother, a witch, was involved in that incident and is turning her malevolence towards our heroine, who must do what magic she can to defend herself across the distance…

Told in diary form, I found much to love about this book. The narrator records her love of science fiction books, charting her reading and what she borrows from her beloved local library (hooray! Lots of passionate bits about libraries). Jo Walton writes about fairies and magic in an original and compelling (and, dare I say, believable!) way. I was excited to read on every time I picked this book up, and enchanted by the strong main character (witty, intelligent, insightful and beautifully naïve occasionally!) and her unique tale. This book performs one of my favourite kinds of magic, which is to allow the reader a certain kind of space to form their own interpretations. It also won the Hugo and the Nebula award for Best Novel.

Beth

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