The Times today had a review of Eva Ibbotson‘s new YA (children’s?) book “The Dragonfly Pool”. I wasn’t that interested, but I am now after reading the review. Here’s the back cover blurb:
Tally Hamilton is furious to hear she is being sent from London to a horrid, stuffy boarding school in the countryside. And all because of the stupid war. But Delderton Hall is a far more unusual and interesting place than Tally ever imagined, and she soon falls in love with its eccentric staff and pupils. Now she’s even organizing an exciting school trip to the kingdom of Bergania …although Tally never expected to meet the prince. Prince Karil hates his life at the palace and he is only truly happy when he escapes to the dragonfly pool, a remote spot in the forests of Bergania. Then Karil meets a feisty English girl who brings the promise of adventure. But his country is under threat, and the prince soon looks to his new friend Tally for survival as well as friendship…
If you’re a Paddington Bear fan, the Times also had an interview with the author, Michael Bond, with an extract from the new book. I was never that into Paddington (think I only read the first one way back when) but it’s a amusing extract.
Finally, if you loved Eloisa James‘ “An Affair Before Christmas” (which I did), here’s a bonus chapter on her website (you have to register to read, but it’s free and quick). I’m loving her Desperate Duchesses series and can’t wait for “Duchess by Night” to come out.