From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
Kate De Goldi
Let me start by saying this book was wonderful! I couldn’t get enough of it. I eked it out slowly and when it was over I was bereft!
This book is about a pair of siblings and their adventures living in the inner city, above the family antique shop. Any these aren’t just any kids – they’re totally quirky kids! Kids you’d either love or loathe. But either way, kids that make for a great story arc. Barney (a self-proclaimed megalomaniac) and his sister Ren go about capturing the magic of their everyday life on video and the book flows their journey and filming.
This book is soul filling and the characters are heart-warming and perfectly flawed. You ‘know’ each of them well and De Goldi pulls away any pretence and allows you to love them all – even when they’re beautifully draw to show their ‘warts and all’.
As I adored this book so much I really don’t want to spoil any part of it for the reader – which makes it hard to give a good through review. De Goldi, I think, in this novel, is at her best. While I’ve not been a detractor in the past, I’ve not been a fan either – this has all changed. Her skill as a creator of worlds and a master for feelings and emotions is so evident in this novel. No word seems out of place, no phrase overused – the writing is perfectly balanced. You will leave this book feeling replete, satisfied and with a longing to return.
From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle is definitely in my Top Five reads of 2015. I strongly encourage you – enter the draw below to win a copy, and if you don’t get down to the shops pronto and get a copy for yourself – you’ll not be disappointed.
To win your own copy of the book, fill out the form below. Competition closes 05/02/16 and is open to NZ residents only.
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