Have you read this? It’s one of the most challenging and disturbing novels of our time. Is it nature or nurture that creates a monster? And who is responsible if that monster is a child?
‘Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.’
Warning: This isn’t in any sense a children’s book, and is probably best suited to older teens +. It’s graphic and frightening – but don’t let that put you off!
OK, so PREP HQ is my little house in Heworth, but nonetheless, excitement abounds!
English trips for tutees (and their families)
You may have seen my previous post about the trips I’ll be running this year. Kicking us off on Sunday 10th October will be a visit to York’s newly reopened, beautiful Art Gallery, where we’ll get inspired and creative and write some wonderful verse to complement the paintings and sculptures we see! All tutees are welcome – please remember that there is a small charge for entering the Gallery, and that Year 7-11 tutees will need to be accompanied by a parent. Do get in touch if you’d like to join us!
Books, books, books
I’m a little ridiculously excited by my ‘Book of the Week’ campaign. I’ve got to say that I had a really hard time whittling down my enormous list of ‘books everyone really must read’ to 52, but I got there in the end! Week 1’s is Year of Wonders and it’s an absolute corker – historical fiction that goes way beyond the usual kings/bodices/beheadings that are popular at the moment. It tells the true story of ‘the plague village’, Eyam, and is utterly compelling.
In other exciting book-y news, I’ve been asking tutees this week to tell me about their favourite books, and I’ll soon have a board of recommendations up for them all to peruse. Parents are welcome to make contributions too of course!