Are you unsure about whether reading novels is for you? Do you have unhappy memories of Of Mice and Men and vowed never to open a book again when you tore up your GCSE (or O’-Level) notes? Let Virginia Macgregor’s debut novel convert you!
Wednesday, October 29. 6:30pm. Wantage Library. Tickets: £6
Nine-year old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing, and he will eventually go blind. With no peripheral vision, he sees the world through a pinhole. His senses are heightened, his focus greater… he sees things others don’t.
When 92-year-old Lou, Milo’s confidante and beloved gran, leaves the family home and moves into the ‘award-winning’ Forget Me Not Nursing Home, Milo is told it is for the best. But Milo begins to notice that things are not quite as they appeared in the glossy brochure, and the care and attention Lou is there to receive is not forthcoming. Behind the scenes, standards slip, costs are cut and the tyrannical Nurse Thornhill instils fear into her staff and patients. No one has had the courage to stand-up, or speak out, until now… With the help of his pet pig, Hamlet, and Tripi, a Syrian refugee who works in the kitchens, Milo sets out on a mission to expose the sinister Thornhill and fulfil his promise to bring his gran home for Christmas.
Set in a run-down, commuter-belt town, What Milo Saw is a powerfully written and incredibly moving tale … of hope in the face of loss, and of the lengths a child will go to in order to protect those he loves. It explores the themes of love and courage, the modern family, the treatment of the elderly in modern society, and the precious roles our elders play in our lives.
Fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Wonder, and The Rosie Project will love this mesmerising debut.
Virginia Macgregor had a nomadic early childhood, moving between Germany, America, Corsica and Oxford, where she finally settled at the age of four. It was here that she wrote her first words and fell in love with the English language. After graduating with First Class honours from Oxford, she completed a PGCE and went on to teach English and to work as a housemistress. Virginia now writes full time, and lives in Berkshire with her husband and daughter.