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My Friend the Octopus: from the author of Darwin's Dragons

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It was both sad at times and heart-warming, and Imogen Church's narration of the audiobook was fabulous. A smaller amount of underwater footage, not shown in the film, but filmed by the same pairing at the same location, had been shown previously on Blue Planet II, episode 5.

Author Luke Palmer introduces his new book, Play (Firefly Press) about four boys growing up together, the challenges, the friendships, and what hap.HNS Awards have helped discover and launch the author careers of Michel Faber, Ruth Downie, Hilary Green, Martin Sutton, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Nikki Marmery, Margaret Skea, Warwick Cairns, Katherine Mezzacappa and Elizabeth Macneal. The ‘baddy’ is truly sinister- no one would want to meet him anywhere- making the twists of the plot full of tension. The site's critics consensus reads "A heartwarming look at the way a meaningful bond can transcend just about any barrier, this documentary will leave you asking your friends to come and see My Octopus Teacher with you.

The detail in the story really captures the essence of Victorian England and it is full of wonderful octopus facts! Those who know about octopuses or saw the documentary My Octopus Teacher may anticipate the conclusion, but it won’t make you immune. The incredible octopus, Ghost, serves as a central character, revealing its astonishing capabilities and emotional depth: it helped that I had read several octopus non-fiction texts prior to this.There are several plot lines running side by side and they are all interesting and don't distract from each other. I was not ready to close the book when the story ended, so I was delighted to read on; the back pages of the author's notes explained the historical facts touched on in the book.

Yet, despite all we learn around the story nothing slows up the pace of the mysteries that drive the intricate plot forward.If My Friend The Octopus had been classed simply as a story of friendship rather than something to solve, I would have found it much easier to enjoy.

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