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Julieete Saumande

Juliette Saumande

Inchicore via France

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What are you reading right now?

Starfell by Dominique Valente.

Tell us a bit about it:

A middle-grade novel that promises magic and adventure with a cast of funky characters who go looking for a 'missing' day. Sounds good, but still early days (50 pages in)!

What is your favourite book of all time?

The Scapegoat (Au Bonheur des Ogres) by Daniel Pennac, translated by Ian Monk.

Tell us a bit about it:

It's a thriller, it's a comedy, it's a gem that uses themes and genres straight out of popular culture and gives them the literary treatment in a very light-handed and clever fashion. Read it in your formative years and it might just change the way you speak and the jokes you make!

What book do you remember most from your childhood and why?

L'histoire du prince Pipo by Pierre Gripari.

Tell us a bit about it:

Adventure! A flying horse! Witches! Volcanoes! It's full of action and adventure, but also really quite philosophical.

Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton.

Tell us a bit about it:

A little owl falls out of the nest and a squirrel 'helps' him/her be reunited with Mammy Owl. It's a favourite in the Baby Book Clubs I run and I'm not sick of it even though I've read it dozens and dozens of times!

What is your favourite book by an international author?

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna.

Tell us a bit about it:

A hoot of a book by Finnish writer Paasilinna, hilarious, unexpected and surprisingly moving. There should be more of his books available in English!

What book do you feel depicts your own or another culture most vividly?

Shinya Shokudou series (Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories) by Yaro Abe.

Tell us a bit about it:

Collections of short illustrated stories set in an all-night diner in a lively area of Tokyo, this manga has plenty to offer for people who love people watching and cooking. It's unfortunately not available in English but some of the stories were adapted as a great Netflix series.

Books that changed your perspective, was there a book that changed your mind about something? How?

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Tell us a bit about it:

A proper epic with unforgettable characters (good ones and baddies too) and such a depth of world building! Reading this one (the first time round!) gave me the idea that children's literature was the way forward as far I was concerned!


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