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What Milo Saw - Virginia Macgregor
Milo knew that sometimes you had to show Gran things several times until she remembered how they worked, but he didn’t like how Nurse Thornhill grasped Gran’s finger, or the white grip mark she left behind.
One minute your heart is breaking for our main star, the next you’re cheering him on in this beautifully written tale of love and loyalty across the generations. I couldn’t put this book down.
Title: What Milo Saw
Author: Virginia Macgregor
Genre: Drama/Contemporary Fiction
Published: 31st July 2014
‘What Milo Saw’ tells the story of 9 year old Milo, who suffers with Retinitus Pigmentosa. He’s only able to see through pinhole vision, and one day will lose his sight completely. His best friend is his Gran, and there’s, of course, his pet pig called Hamlet. Milo’s gran is put into a nursing home despite Milo’s fierce protests. His mum simply can’t cope since his dad ran off to Dubai with “The Tart”. Poor Milo’s got more on his plate than your average 9 year old – but he still finds time to single-handedly take on the care home which he’s certain is mistreating his beloved grandmother.
This is such a touching tale, with each chapter giving us the chance to see the story from the eyes of our main characters. Beautifully told, it lets us into the lives of milo, his family and friends – seeing how they all have their own agonising troubles. Aside from Milo and his Gran, we meet Milo’s mum, Sandy, who can’t work out how she’s going to pay the next bill that lands on her doorstep. We also get to know Tripi, the young man who fled Syria, losing contact with his young sister on the way, as he tries to adapt to life as a cook at the Forget Me Not nursing home, while living in a sleeping bag on a park bench. You can’t not love every one of these characters, you’re weeping with them, feeling their despair in the pit of your stomach.
I absolutely fell in love with Milo Moon almost immediately. Virginia Macgregor writes in such a clever style – you can almost hear the voice of the 9 year old speaking to you, he see’s life so simply – but he also sees situations that most grown up’s would overlook. Macgregor is so talented, it’s hard to believe that this is her debut novel.
One warning though, once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down.
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