Everyone’s Best Friends


At last! After a week of feeling grumpy that I couldn’t find the right book to suit my mood, I read two in one evening that I absolutely loved.
It’s so good to have authors like Michael Morpurgo to turn to when you’ve had a run on reading badly written book. He simply can’t write a bad book. Best Mate tells the life story of a greyhound and his three very different owners. Each of the characters has their life changed by the impact of knowing and loving this very special dog who along with his change of owners, undergoes three name changes. In the hands of a less gifted author, this might have been a story to complicated to tell in a single book but Morpurgo does it brilliantly. I think what I like best about Morpurgo is that it doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 80 years old, his books are always a reliably good read. Best Mate was published as Born to Run in the UK.

Dick King-Smith is another of my favourite British authors. When it comes to telling stories about animals and their human friends, it’s hard to go past King-Smith. The Cat Lady is another one of his charming, quirky stories about the magical connections between all living creatures. It was deliciious to read two such great books in one sitting.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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