About the author:
Kate Mascarenhas is a half-Irish, half-Seychellois midlander. She has worked as a copywriter, an assistant psychologist, and a bookbinder. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. The Psychology of Time Travel is Kate’s first novel.
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones:
A retelling of the Tam Lin Ballad crossed with T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, for young adults. As bizarre and as wonderful as it sounds.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark:
In 1930s Edinburgh, Miss Jean Brodie selects six young pupils for guidance and special attention. She fascinates them, but is she leading them to disaster?
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson:
Narrated by Merricat Blackwood, one of literature’s most terrifying teenagers, this novella is about sisterly obsession and murderous intent.
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld:
An intricate exploration of class and adolescent embarrassment in a Massachusetts boarding school.
Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi:
Celebrated writer Mr. Fox keeps killing off the heroines of his novels until Mary, his muse, comes to life and objects. Witty, cutting, and beautifully written.
Among Others by Jo Walton:
A love letter to science fiction in Wales and the West of England.
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride:
A passionate first love affair told through stream of consciousness.
Deerskin by Robin McKinley:
Lissar, an isolated princess, escapes her father’s appalling abuse and begins the hard work of rebuilding her life. A variation on Perrault’s old fairy tale, Donkeyskin.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro:
An understated examination of how people behave when their destiny is out of their control.
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi:
As soon as Karim is old enough, he escapes the suburbs for London. A very funny and touching coming of age story that also includes the first openly gay and bisexual characters I encountered in literature, when I was 13.