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Maurice Leitch - The Eggman’s Apprentice
Secker & Warburg

The Eggman’s Apprentice, is set in 1950s Antrim, and is written in the first person of Hugo Dinsmore, who was orphaned at a young age and, in true fairy-tale style, was plucked from a loving home to be plunged into a tough world with his country relatives.
This is a superb, beautifully structured novel, with its vivid characterisation. Leitch’s language is lush and limpid, and the descriptions of the countryside a delight. I liked the tone of the novel, and the way Hugo narrates in the best storytelling fashion. Hugo is a wonderfully conceived character, too, and he continued to hold my interest throughout. I loved the fairy tale element. I soon lost myself in Hugo’s dreamy if sordid world.
Review by Sue Leonard, Books Ireland.

The Eggman's Apprentice by Maurice Leitch

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