Clemens' world is one of the most vibrant and rich I have ever come across, with beautifully full cultures, creatures and history, mythology and religion. It wasn't long at all until it was me buying the next copy of the book, leapfrogging dad and devouring each book, I was so absorbed it this wonderful land of magic.
Neither of us had ever been to Bath before, and I've heard nothing but wonderful things about it.
I adore how much of a role the little dogs play in the story - so much so that despite not being an animal person I'm finding I want my own little Latte!
It was wonderful to read the mythologies by someone who is just as fascinated by the culture, the language, and the magical wonder as I am - and is able to give the stories such life and vibrancy instead of retelling them in a stuffy academic way.
This book was completely let down by its blurb. Because although it was tough to read, there were so many elements of it that were absolutely gorgeous.
The first day just spent wandering around the city was so wonderful, every corner you turned there was another beautiful view of the fortress, another gorgeous bridge to walk over, or another fascinating to lane to walk down. It is very rare that you go to a place and you can genuinely spend an entire day just walking around and taking it all in.
The Lido is one of those books where you reach a certain point, with a little over a quarter of the way to go, and you find yourself actually putting it down for a little while as the realisation hits you that you will be finishing the book all too soon.
Mum got a new camera for her birthday last year - she takes absolutely stunning photos and wanted something to take her up to the next level.
I remember it being one of the very early sic-fi/fantasy books I read when I was younger, so much so that one year for World Book Day, where you go to school dressed as your favourite character, I wanted to go as Lyra - I was even planning to take in a cuddly toy as my daemon.
We're still not sure exactly what makes a garden Swiss - answers on the back of a postcard please 😀