Celebrating the publication of Owl and the Lost Boy, the long awaited and highly anticipated sequel to A Girl Called Owl, this blog post provides insight into Amy Wilson’s bookshelf! Read on to see her “shelfie”!
I do not keep a very organised bookshelf! Nothing is in order at all, so when I deliberately set out to find a book it takes me ages, but that changes nothing, this is still how I keep them. It’s how I like looking at them, when I’m in the room, a beautiful muddle of my favourite stories – fiction and non-fiction, children’s, YA and adult – written by some of my favourite authors.
Andersen’s Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen: I recently rediscovered this one, sorting through my late mother’s house. As a child I wrote my name in it, and did some maths on the inside cover (sorry Andersen) and the pages fall open to stories like The Fir-Tree and The Tinder-Box, both of which have stayed with me for their magic, and their melancholy – and the dog’s eyes big as mill-wheels!
Sophie Anderson’s The Girl Who Speaks Bear: It’s a huge privilege to receive proofs of books like this and I really treasure them. I was delighted to see that this one had accidentally ended up next to Andersen, for me they are both truly special writers, whose words weave magic and build whole worlds for children to explore. Sophie’s latest book The Castle of Tangled Magic is also on this shelf, and is my next read.
Hilary McKay’s The Time of Green Magic: I adore this book. The magic is subtle and bewitching, and the way it weaves in with the complexities of modern family life is masterfully done.
Necronomicon, HP Lovecraft: Proper old Gothic stories, that I delve into when I need a shot of dark and weird. I adore them, and the fact that it’s such a weighty tome makes it a little bit magic too – I feel like I’m studying when I read it, and it’s not a bedtime book, because it’s too big!
The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud: I love this series. Ghostly magic, and savvy investigators who face down supernatural perils just like I hope I might, if I were in a similar situation.
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Yaba Badoe: This is a gorgeous, magical adventure, a quest for self-discovery fraught with danger and some really beautiful examinations of friendship and family.