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Himself
Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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“A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans). Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony’s presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Himself is a simmering mixture—a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

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Moray_Reads
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1. There's a fairly intense murder scene at the very start (not usually my thing) but the thing I remember is how funny much of the book was. It's brilliant.
2. Bit of a tough week so I'm glad it's Friday!
3. Japanese
4. 12
5. Watch me go!
#Friyayintro

saresmoore 12 first cousins! I only have ten and thought it was quite a lot! 1mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I got a new one just before Christmas so the number keeps going up! That's nothing though, my friend has about 35 first cousins... 1mo
saresmoore Good grief! 😱 1mo
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DarcysMom
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kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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RedLeaves
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I absolutely L💛VED this book. Meandering, whimsical, poetic, magical and witty. Oh my goodness to have this writing talent! I mean really THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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kathedron
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A strong contender for the strangest book I've read in a while, once past the brutal prologue I enjoyed this very much. Dublin orphan become "Mayo Heathcliff" Mahony returns to the village of his birth to uncover what happened to his hellraiser of a mother. He's aided by Mrs Cauley, retired actress and the brains behind the operation. Oh, and he sees the dead. By turns violent, tender and darkly funny, this crime story is quite the wild ride!

kathedron Don't pick it up if you object to the word "arse": arse is amply represented throughout. 2mo
TrishB 😂 that made me laugh! 2mo
squirrelbrain @TrishB @kathedron nothing wrong with ample arses! 🤣 2mo
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RedLeaves
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Oh this is GLORIOUS! The prose is just beautiful and meandering. A third of the way through and I feel like applauding the author

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Vblancsbooks
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Bailedbailed

I gave this a good 100 pages but I couldn‘t finish it. It wasn‘t cohesive for me to continue. I am probably in the minority‘s here 😟

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Liked the Irishnish of the language & setting. Although book is in Co Mayo, in my mind I kept picturing Inistioge in Co Kilkenny. Didn't seem like Instioge was hiding any deep dark secrets while I was there, but you never know when you are outsider in a small town. Really wanted to like this one but just couldn't do the violence & descriptions of dead people. Did want to know the ending. ☘☘☘ #skimmedandreadlastfewchapters

Crinoline_Laphroaig Gave it a pick because it just wasn't to mind taste. Not author's fault. 3mo
keithmalek I just gave this a stack add. You had me at Ireland. 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @keithmalek Dialogue is awesome. 3mo
BookFrog Sounds interesting. 3mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt4 I read the authors 2nd novel, The Hoarder, last year & it was one of my #TopTenOf2018 She has a knack for writing the strange & darkly bleak & making it very memorable. This is her debut novel, which also has the touch of strange about it. Mahoney returns to the tiny Irish village he was born in, hoping to find out more about his mother & his birth. But his presence is unwanted, especially when old secrets start surfacing.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I loved this one so much on audio. 4mo
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Katja
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Littens who have read this, help! I thought this book was fantastic, but I probably shouldn‘t have read so much of it in the middle of the night while nursing, because...what was the killer‘s motive?

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youneverarrived
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Atmospheric and dark but scattered with humour. It‘s got a murder mystery, the supernatural and small village life going on. Great cast of characters but Mrs. Cauley made the book for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #newyearwhodis

monalyisha Me too! She was the best! 5mo
Pricel101 Agreed! @monalyisha she was ZANY & hilarious. So happy you enjoyed the book! 5mo
RedLeaves I am loooooving this book so much 2mo
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youneverarrived
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Work, yoga and bath done now time for #bookandbrew 😁

I do love a book that‘s set in a small town/village, especially when they have a good set of characters like this one. It‘s intriguing so far. #newyearwhodis

KatieCarpenter Cute mug!! 5mo
monalyisha Have you seen the cover for the physical hardcover? Man, is it GORGEOUS! (I really liked this one.) 5mo
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youneverarrived @monalyisha yeah, it‘s a beauty 💚 much better than this one. 5mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy 📖♥️ 5mo
JennyM I‘ve heard she‘s a great author. Keep us posted and enjoy 5mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 5mo
youneverarrived @JennyM will do 😘 5mo
kathedron I recently added this to my Overdrive wishlist: looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it. 5mo
youneverarrived @kathedron I will let you know what I think 😘 5mo
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Tashreads
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This is the second Jess Kidd novel I‘ve finished this year, and it‘s safe to say I am now a certified fan. I love the way she weaves together humour, horror and the supernatural. I adore her characters. Looking forward to her new novel due out next year.

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Saari84
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Große #coverliebe!
Der Klappentext klingt auch vielversprechend:
Ein junger Hippie reist ins irische Mulderrig um das mysteriöse verschwinden seiner jungen Mutter vor mehr als 20 Jahren aufzuklären. Die Dorfbewohner stellen sich quer, doch kommt ihm die scharfzüngige alte Mrs. Cauley zu Hilfe, denn sie glaubt schon lange, dass jeder weiß, was damals wirklich geschah....
Na? Auch neugierig geworden?
#buch #buchliebe #leseliebe #bibliophile

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Moray_Reads
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1. The humour in this one had me laughing out loud which doesn't often happen. Even though it starts with a fairly brutal murder
2. December
3. No. Don't plan to have any!
4. Crisps
#FriyayIntro @jesshowbooks

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Heymeff
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A ghost story for people who aren‘t fans of ghost stories

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alisahar
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Mehso-so

A handsome stranger shows up in a small Irish town, trying to find out what happened to his mother, an unwed and ostracized teenager who suddenly disappeared when he was a baby. I don‘t have much substantive criticism of this book— it just couldn‘t hold my attention. There are some vivid, well-drawn secondary older women characters but I didn‘t find the central male character that interesting. Lots of magical realism, which isn‘t my thing.

alisahar If I remember right, I got this book because I‘m really interested in the treatment of unwed mothers and their children in Ireland but it wasn‘t what I was expecting. (edited) 11mo
Vblancsbooks I thought the same and I DNF it. Mahoney was so flat! 3mo
alisahar @Vblancsbooks just another boring hot guy 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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quietjenn
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This has been my commute reading off and on for ages. But I‘m finally at the point that I‘m super into it and want to read it even when I‘m not in transit. i.e., I‘m totally finishing this tonight, if I don‘t fall asleep early!

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alisahar
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Today‘s zen audiobook listening spot: the Fens in #Boston while I wait for a movie at the MFA French Film Festival. I was supposed to do #24in48 but I only read 4 hours the first day and then forgot to restart my stopwatch at some point in day 2. Enjoying a quiet no-pressure, no-goals reading day instead.

DivineDiana Lovely! Enjoy your day! 😊 11mo
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bernadette
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Couldn't put this one down. I loved the feisty old ladies and liked Mahoney and the dead that bear witness to all the sins that occur in a small town. I thought the ending didn't quite live up to the rest of the book but the beginning and middle were really good. Fast paced and filled with fun characters.

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bernadette
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Taking a break from The Twelve Caesars. It's part ghost story, part murder mystery set in a small, remote Irish town full of secrets. A little more than 100 pages in. Nicely written. Great pageturner so far.

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LOVE this original line

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TheDrunkenLibrarian
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This book was such a great fast read 📚

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sherryvdh
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#audiocleaning today. I'm really enjoying this story! I'll likely finish it this afternoon. #TuesdayTidyUp

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Who doesn‘t love a good story about a picturesque town with a bloody secret at its heart?

That‘s exactly what Mahony finds in the sleepy little Irish village of Mulderrig when he tries to track down the mother he never knew in the spring of 1976. Aided by the ancient Mrs Cauley, who describes herself as “Mrs Marple with balls”, and the ability to see ghosts, he will bring the past into the light.

Profane, dark, and hilarious. Perfect on audio.

callunakeep This sounds fantastic!! 🤓 14mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @callunakeep It absolutely was! 14mo
AlaMich I might have to read this just because of the “Miss Marple with balls” thing! 😂 14mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“It was very early one morning, before the city was awake... all the trains slumbered on their tracks at Connolly Station. All the boats bobbed gently in the harbor, dreaming of the high seas, and all the bicycles slept leaning along the fences. Even the angels were asleep at the foot of the O'Connell Monument, fluttering their wings as they dreamt, quite forgetting to hold still and pretend to be statues.”

This audio is so good. #CurrentListen

Moray_Reads I loved this! A great book and a great audiobook 1y
Jas16 I really enjoyed this audiobook a lot. 1y
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lauralovesbooks1
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It's 1976 and Mahony returns to the small Irish village where he was born to find out what happened to the mother that gave him up to the orphanage. Small towns have big secrets and in this one, the dead gather and bear witness to long buried crimes. I loved the writing and the way the dead were characters like the living. Atmospheric and dark. #mounttbrreadathon

alisahar Hmm I‘m very interested in the real story of Irish orphanages. Going to look into this one. (edited) 1y
Tamra Just picked this up as a Kindle deal - glad to read you liked it. 1y
readingjedi I love that cover! 🐝 1y
Cinfhen Sounds really good #stacked 1y
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Booksnchill
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Need a fun book set in Ireland for 🍀? I really had fun reading this one- now on ebook deal!

LazyDays Thank you!🍀 1y
Booksnchill @lazyDays 🍀💖👍 1y
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Spillytalker
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Really enjoyed this one.

Scarlett_ohara Looks nice, what's it about? 1y
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MidnightBookGirl
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You know you have a #bookworm problem when you buy a pair of green reading glasses (that you don't really need bc your eyesight is still perfect, but hey, they're only 1.25x) just because you wanted to take cute book pics with them.

Tamra 🤓 1y
SandyW 😂 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Those are super cute!! 1y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Stick a fork in me, I'm done! Busy weekend working both jobs (including an overnight last night, I am too old to go this long without sleep), but I finished my big sales report and I get to sleep in a wee bit.

Unrelated to my exhaustion, but I'm enjoying this audiobook and I'm developing a voice crush on the narrator's Irish brogue.

SandyW Get off Litsy and get some sleep! 😉 Seriously know what you mean though, if i go without sleep it's almost like I have a hangover. I used to do it all the time. 😕 Alas. 1y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Thought this might be a good read for St. Paddy's Day!

#audiobooks #Librofm #CurrentlyReading #StPaddysDayRead

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Lindy
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Not quite a cozy mystery, because the murders are too brutal (also a cat and a dog die), but there‘s a ensemble cast of Irish villagers—many of whom are hiding secrets—a fair bit of humour, and feisty old ladies who help the handsome stranger-come-to-town investigate the long-ago disappearance of his mother. Ghosts of the dead are everywhere; too bad they can‘t contribute much in the way of help. Fun #audiobook with supernatural elements.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk You know, that dog scene was so brutal, but the story really earned it if that makes sense. Sometimes I think authors throw it in just because it automatically elicits strong emotions, but this time it was truly important to the story. 14mo
Lindy @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yes, I can handle a lot of difficult things in a story as long as they ring true to the narrative. 14mo
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Lindy
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Strangeness is underfoot in this novel: “Mrs Morrow is nearly drowned by a labour of moles. They surge across the lawn in velvet waves as she stands weeping on a garden chair.”

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Simone62 I love that "labour of moles". 1y
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Lindy
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Started this #audiobook set in rural Ireland & I‘m loving narrator Aiden Kelly‘s voice. According to my online research, his specialty is the Kerry accent. I had to look at the book description to figure out the main character‘s name, though. Mahony. It sounds like “Manny” with an extended ‘a‘ sound. Reminds me of when I was on a bus between Limerick and Cork & I had difficulty understanding what the guy across the aisle was saying to me.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Ooo this is coming up for me on audio! 1y
Lindy @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Enjoy! I did. 😊 1y
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Jas16
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First off I have to say that the narrator of the audiobook was fantastic. I am really glad I chose to listen to this one. This book has its flaws for sure, a thrown in and under developed romance and a tepid ending to name a couple, but the writing is lovely and the supporting characters were enough to keep me invested. I really loved all of the supernatural elements. I think this is one I would reread.

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Susannah
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Here is my next book club read. Listening on audiobook is perfect for getting into the rhythm of the story (narrator Aiden Kelly has a great Irish accent). I was a bit put off by one of the major elements of the story, but I'm adjusting.

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AMVP
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A solid, fantastical mystery that gets a bit too conventional at the end for my taste, but still made for a satisfying read.

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Lost two hours of good reading time today, what with covering a gap in the schedule at work and going on an errand that didn't pan out. At any rate, I started this one yeaterday and aim to finish at a steady pace.

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I read most of this on the plane home from Ireland, a super appropriate choice since it‘s a book about a small Irish town. It‘s wild and weird, violent but also funny. I liked it!

jhod Her new one out later this year is getting quite a lot of hype too! 1y
RebeccaH @jhod good to know! 1y
AMVP Recently picked this up from the library. Look forward to starting if. 1y
RebeccaH @AMVP I hope you enjoy it! 1y
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AMVP
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My first trip to the #library in the New Year yielded this long-sought-after title.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders She‘s got two new ones coming out this year!! 1y
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monalyisha
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1. “Shrill” by Lindy West.
2. Kij Johnson (author of “At the Mouth of the River of Bees”).
3. “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” & “Peter Pan”.
4. I finished up Cat Valente‘s “Fairyland” series.
5. “Himself” by Jess Kidd. The cover design is simple, lovely, botanical, & a little bit metallic. 🍃
6. & 7. Oh, thank God. 😅 I also loved “Bellweather Rhapsody” & “How to Set a Fire & Why”.

#7GoodThings

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thereadingwomen
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Have you listened to our special collaboration episode with @readingenvy? Jenny shares some of her favorite books written by women, and Kendra and I get a chance to talk about some books that never made it to our podcast (like this one!). You don't want to miss it.

Readingwomenpodcast.com/blog

ReadingEnvy I'm still super curious about this book!! 2y
thereadingwomen @ReadingEnvy It‘s really magical and interesting in a quiet countryside mystery sort of way. - A 2y
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Cohnina
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Gibt's auch eine Wahl bei Litsy? Meine Wahl bei Goodreads fiel natürlich auf Jess Kidds Debüt.

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Moray_Reads
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Considering it begins with a brief but fairly brutal murder this book had me laughing out loud throughout. The barmy characters are hilarious. It's also gripping and genuinely touching. And the audiobook is also brilliant #😂 #uncannyoctober @RealLifeReading

Worldforreading This sounds great, I may add it to my library holds 😄 2y
tricours Would you recommend it? 2y
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