October 2019 book reviews

We read recent releases with a link to France. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time. This month, we reviewed Isabella of Angoulême, Love and Invention, Minced, Marinated, and Murdered, and Number Ten

Love and Invention - Benjamin Constable ***EDITOR'S CHOICE***

Editions du Délirium, €16 ISBN: 979-1-091-63309-3

Two stories which at first seem to have no link between them are juxtaposed in this enjoyable novel.

A 16-year-old teenager, Maleck, dreams of being with his friends in Paris but is stuck in a French village, where he is bullied.

As a parallel the story of philosopher, inventor and mathematician Abbas Ibn Firnas – who disappeared years ago after inventing a flying machine – appears, first as a distinct story until a hint is given to readers when Maleck tries to know more about his grandfather... who is Abbas.

While looking for more information on his grandfather, the young boy will become friends with an old lady, Yvette, who knows a lot about Abbas but tends to think that Maleck was Abbas.

This story, however, is not only about a boy trying to find more about his origins.

It is also about someone who has ...

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