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Richard Grant – Kaspian Lost (1999)

Adolescent Kaspian is at odds with his stepmother, his stepsister and the whole world. His father is dead, and his stepmother has sent him to remedial school. He has an out of this world experience, vanishing for four days. The aftermath takes him from Maine to Washington, and brings him into contact with a wide range of people. He grows up somewhat.
            This is a charming, slight book that, like all Grant’s books, is strong on observation and human interaction, but in which nothing actually happens. It comes across as something of a period piece for all it was only published in 1999: partly because the whole plot, such as it is, rests on his vanishing and would collapse if teenage Kaspian had carried a mobile phone; and partly because he has an air of innocence that would be hard to sustain in the internet age.
            There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy…

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