Skallagrigg by William Horwood
Review by Floresiensis
The story concerns Arthur, a young boy suffering from cerebral palsy, abandoned in a grim hospital in the north of England and subject to extreme cruelty and neglect; Esther, a keenly intelligent teenager who also suffers from CP but whose talents are recognised in these enlightened days; and Daniel, an American computer-gaming genius. They are linked by the Skallagrigg; whatever or whoever it is will transform their lives. Esther sets out on a quest to find the truth of the Skallagrigg, founded in the life and experiences of Arthur. She encapsulates what she finds in a tortuously complex computer game, knowing that the truth is never likely to be uncovered. A man named Martin has heard the word Skallagrigg from his senile grandmother and when he hears of Skallagrigg the game, he is determined to solve it and discover what it means...
Ralphie from Torremolinos
This fine novel, which I am promoting here, is called Skallagrigg. It left me devastated, but in a good way! This superlative storyteller played me like a violin and evoked, in me, every emotion known to man and probably even a few alien ones at that. I can not begin to describe my admiration for his powers of description and narrative. I salute you, Mr. Horwood!
Roo from Leicester
This is a book so inspirational I try to read it every year. It was the book which lead me to read everything by the author William Horwood. If anyone asks, it's my all time favourite. Read the story of Athur and Ester and how they cope with cerebral palsy, it is heart warming and inspiring. I cry every time I read it.
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