Samuel Halpin Recommends His 5 Favourite Books|Author of ‘The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods’

Samuel J. Halpin is the author of ‘The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods‘, his first novel and my favourite Middle-Grade book of all times. I requested him to recommend his 5 favourite books and here they are:

1) I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith– I don’t think there’s any one person in any one book that I feel I know better than Cassandra Mortmain. She makes me laugh until I cry, she makes me cry until I laugh and rejoice in the utter absurdity of being consciously naive.


2) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee– I read this maybe three times every year, and whilst it may seem an obvious choice I still feel every time that Scout’s vantage point of the world was written for me and me alone.


3) The King Killer Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss– Never have I ever fallen so deeply in love with fantasy as I did when reading these books. There’s a third installment still on the way, but the first two in the cycle are truly new takes of a seriously well-thumbed genre.


4) Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch– These books, as with The King Killer Chronicles, are just so deliciously new. When I read them I get that feeling that I’m reading the book I’ve always been looking for.


5) A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness– If you don’t mind owning a blotchy looking copy of this book when you reach the end, then I suggest you purchase it immediately. It is a hackneyed old saying, but this book truly does stay with you long after your fingers finish turning the pages.


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