- Author Michelle Magorian
Really enjoyed this one. I didn’t really know the story at all well, although have vague images in my head of the TV adaptation. I thought the gruff old man was going to be more scary but actually he was an absolute darling.
What was scary was the level of child abuse that was detailed in the story. I couldn’t quite believe parts of it, but it was such a great journey seeing Willie become Will and be brought out of his shell.
The characters were really well done, interesting and insular, kind and also wary. The details about the incoming war, particularly that the villagers didn’t see it affecting them to start with, and gradually coming to terms with the bigger world events.
I can see myself reading this one again at some point in the future.