HALF A MAN

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCOOP SCHOOL - by Michael Mor­purgo Il­lus­trated by Gemma o’Cal­laghan

Revered sto­ry­teller, Michael Mor­purgo re­mem­bers the post-war Bri­tain of his child­hood in this un­flinch­ing and deeply poignant tale of the phys­i­cal and men­tal scars of war, fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions from new tal­ent, Gemma O'Cal­laghan.

Michael is fas­ci­nated by and afraid of his grand­fa­ther in equal mea­sure, with his dis­fig­ured, un­smil­ing face and tac­i­turn man­ner.

Then a sum­mer spent on the Isles of Scilly en­ables him to fi­nally see the man be­hind the burns, and gives Michael the power to heal wounds that have di­vided his fam­ily for so long.

Pub­lished by Walker Books, rrp £5.99

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