"I found Mr Dickens' sentence, shut my eyes and committed it to memory before kicking away every trace."
In terms of literary adventures, this year has been chock to the brim. I had the greatest pleasure of getting better acquainted with the fascinating creature that is Pip of Great Expectations and then the joy of re-visiting him through the adoring eyes of young Matilda.
Soon to be gracing cinemas with the always delightful Hugh Laurie in the lead, this novel is a joy to behold. It so expertly captures the delight of storytelling and escapism. How a child can learn about far away lands and different cultures and educate others through its retelling.
Closing the book, I had a real sense that I'd been on the island with Matilda and I felt a real longing to return.
5 out of 5 expectations are great.