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My Name is Mina

There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'll write a journal. So I'll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write? I can't just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. I'll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?


And so Mina writes and writes in her journal, and through her stories and poems there grows an opus of her life - her lessons, her loves, her beliefs, her mum, her dad, her thoughts and her dreams.


In this stunning book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig, in what is a thought-provoking and extraordinary prequel to his best-selling debut novel, Skellig.

Reviews for My Name is Mina

"Almond delivers his powerful themes with beautifully controlled passion and weaves Mina?s story delicately into the arrival of Michael's family next door." Daily Mail

"A celebration of the richness of the everyday world... to read it is to feel uplifted." The Sunday Times

"A skilful, affecting and impassioned book" Amanda Craig in The Times

"A wonderful book in its own right, perhaps an even better one than Skellig" Marcus Sedgwick in The Guardian

"Fantastic - witty and wistful, engaging and entertaining. I loved it." Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Director

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