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Van has finished reading…The Orchard On Fire by Shena Mackay

6 Aug

This is quite simply a tale well told. There’s no weight of tricks or gimmicks to stop you in your tracks. Shena Mackay expertly resists the lure of a knowing nod or wink in the voice: What happens happens to a child, and we hear about it from a child, despite the tale being told by the adult. It reinforces the realisation that innocence is blind, and sometimes dangerous, yet we mourn its loss for the rest of our lives.