The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat
Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Reviewed by Heather Rodenhurst
Walker
Thu, 01/09/2011
9781406333855
£10.00

A batch of photos in an old coat reminds Julie of her last term at primary school when the arrival of two Mongolian brothers brought mystery and a touch of glamour to Bootle.

On their first day, they asked Julie to be their ‘Good Guide’ and she soon finds her own eyes opening more fully to the world around her, revelling in the visitors’ ability to lift the everyday into the extraordinary. The closer they become, however, the more Julie understands why these boys are desperate to hide themselves in plain sight.

At fewer than 100 pages, this deceptively simple story of unconditional friendship is full of the author’s trademark wit and gentle humour and is a brilliant read for adults and children alike.

 

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