Review: The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

PUBLISHED: 14:50 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 March 2015

The Murdstone Trilogy

The Murdstone Trilogy


Annette Shaw reviews The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

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This book is deliciously brilliant and bonkers and probably founded in reality. With Faustian consequences.

This reviewer, on picking the hardback up from a pile of 20, thought it looked like a crime novel. Err. no. For anyone who has managed not to read Tolkien, J.K. or Pullman it comes as shock. .Before you realise it, resistance is futile. All thoughts and intentions of never reading fantasy are lost.

It’s actually not right to explain anything else. It would spoil the experience to have an inkling of the story. Suffice to say, The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly black comedy from an author described by one American critic as ‘the best writer you’ve probably never heard of’.

Mal Peet is a multi-award winning author.

Published by David Fickling Books £14.99

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Editor’s note: Sadly Mal Peet died on March 2 2015 aged 67, after learning at Christmas that he was terminally ill.

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