Monday, April 27, 2015

'The ghosts of Heaven' by Marcus Sedgwick

If you're tired of the same old teen fiction story lines try The ghost of heaven. Written as four novellas which can be read in any order,  this beautifully written book will stay with you long after you have read the last page. Each story is connected to the other by the spiral, a shape which has existed in nature since time began. They can be found in prehistory where a girl uses blood and ochre to make spiral shapes on a cave wall. The spiral is present in the Middle Ages when a young girl is tried as a witch for using herbs to treat the sick. In the early 20th century the spiral haunts a mad poet in a lunatic asylum. Finally, in the distant future an astronaut on a spaceship sent to colonize a planet hundreds of light years from Earth is confronted by the spiral as he chooses his destiny. This is an amazing book which I could not put down or stop thinking about.

Caroline @ Kew

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