Why I owe the postman an apology

I’ve got a bit of an admission to make. I think I have an Author Crush. I haven’t felt this way since David Almond.

I only recently read ‘Rooftoppers’ by Katherine Rundell, despite all the buzz last year about the book and its author. I’m not sure why I didn’t read it back then, perhaps it was just the wilful (middle-grade) child in me that never wanted to jump on a bandwagon for the latest book/film/fashion…

Anyway I finally did read ‘Rooftoppers’ – and of course immediately understood what everyone had been raving about.

This book sings.

It had me at Hello – well at the first line, which is the equivalent.

Who can’t fail to be at the mercy of that wonderful opening? A baby in a cello case, floating in the English Channel.

And when Katherine describes Charles for the first time: ‘Think of night-time with a speaking voice. Or think how moonlight might talk, or think of ink, if ink had vocal chords.’

That was it, for me.

So of course I ran off to discover what else Katherine had written and found ‘The Girl Savage’, her first book. (It’s called ‘Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms’ in the US) It’s about a little girl born in Zimbabwe and living half wild on a farm. But when her beloved father dies, Will finds her wild-cat way of life under threat when she is wrenched from her African home and taken to an English boarding school.

It’s hard when you fall for a book, because you approach the next one slightly nervously. Will it sweep you up, will it give you the same ‘feeling’? What happens if on the second date you see only bad table manners and are subjected to dull, too-loud jabbering over dinner? It could really take the edge off that magical first meeting.

I’m thankful to say, ‘The Girl Savage’ had impeccable table manners. The same delicious language and the same wonderful heart was equally as present in Katherine’s first book as in ‘Rooftoppers’. It’s not talked about as often, but I loved it. Will is one of the most captivating characters I’ve read for a long while. She cart-wheeled her way into my heart.

And then I heard about Katherine’s third book. ‘The Wolf Wilder’.  And having come late to the party meant I didn’t have long to wait for it, either. Except the release was moved from June to September and the hotly anticipated book got just a little hotter.

Which is why I am just the teeniest bit thrilled to have a copy sitting on my desk right now. An early copy – thankyou Bloomsbury!

Hence the supersonic scream and my apologies to the poor postman who had the package wrenched out of his hands.

If you want to find out a little more about the author, pop over to MGStrikesBack next month as Katherine has kindly agreed to answer my questions in an author interview.

It’s scheduled for Thursday 23rd April, but keep an eye on my Twitter feed if you’d like a reminder nearer the time.

And, in the meantime,  if you haven’t read ‘Rooftoppers’ or ‘The Girl Savage’ yet – what are you waiting for?!?

Category: blog, inspiration | 2 comments

  • Elizabeth Dunn says:

    Just saw this post now. How funny, I’ve just read Rooftoppers too. Her language is very good. But I have to say yours is rather good too 🙂

    • andreashepherd says:

      That’s extremely kind : ) I love getting lost in language and I dream of conjuring metaphors like Katherine!

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