It’s Arthur

Will I give up my subconscious avoidance of books on Arthur now? I don’t know, but congratulations to Philip Reeve on being awarded the Carnegie medal for Here Lies Arthur. Everyone says what a good book it is, and last year’s winner Meg Rosoff predicted Philip would win this time.

There is something about Arthur that stops me reading. It must be some inexplicable, early prejudice, which causes this to happen.

The only Arthurian book I have read is Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake. Even midway through her Wolves of Willoughby Chase series, the mention of Arthur in the blurb very nearly stopped me. So irrational.

I will work on this.

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8 responses to “It’s Arthur

  1. I haven’t read this book either but it does look like a good one. And Philip R is among the pro-age banders though I can’t imagine why! His book is a good example, at first sight, of a novel which will appeal from age about 10 to ….however old you like. And Bookwitch, a good way to get over your Arthurophobia is to read THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING by T. H. WHITE. It’s brilliant…
    THE SWORD IN THE STONE about Arthur’s childhood will get you hooked, I’m sure.

  2. I have read it, and – surprise, surprise! – I can recommend it heartily, especially because of your Arthurophobia (lovely coinage, Adele, hope I haven’t misspelt it). Read a few pages and you will soon see what I mean by this last statement.

  3. At the risk of overloading the Arthurphopics – I’d second Adele. T H White’s The Once and Future King is exceptional.

    Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence is worth a mention too (Maybe skip the first book though… you can always go back and read it once your hooked)

  4. Brrr. You’re not trying to cure me, are you? It’s a very scary concept. Almost like jumping into a snake pit or climb the Eiffel tower.

  5. A second second for The Once and Future King, one of my all time favourites. But I loved Philip Reeve’s take on Arthur — such a wonderfully lateral take on a well-worn legend. And sometimes that kind of original thinking is more thrilling than anything.

  6. I’m also Arthur-phobic and have keenly avoided anything from that period for well over 30 years, but being a keen Reeve fan, I was persuaded over: a tremendous read and interpretation (and win!), and I’ll prob tackle Kevin Crossley-Holland next.

  7. Col, do read Crossley-Holland. He writes beautifully.

  8. Does this mean the pressure on the witch is off? Even the Resident IT Consultant woke up to her Arthurophobia this weekend, and was surprised. Nobody ever listens to me.

    OK. Adele, I’ll read T H White when I’m sitting next to you on the plane taking us to wherever you want to go…

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