Hold on to your memories - it’s time to enter the complex, trippy fantasy of Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones! Grace and Madeleine found the painful, realistic tale of admirable hero-in-training Polly to be all the more effective as adults. We discuss how the story supports girls who say no, and the connection between Polly’s cursed memories and her loss of childhood. Enjoy a debate on uncomfortable age gaps in fantasy relationships, and say hey to a new set of absolutely atrocious fictional parents. Plus: the joys of coffee and ice cream (together as one). Head to Hunsdon House and join us!
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Our preferred Fire and Hemlock cover, featuring the titular work of art: