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The Otherlife Blog Tour: Julia Gray’s Favourite Antiheroes

I’m really excited to read Julia Gray’s debut The Otherlife, published by Andersen Press, so it’s fabulous to have her on the site today talking about her favourite literary antiheroes! There is nothing I love more than a morally ambiguous narrator, or a main character for whom mischief is more compelling than manners. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was an exceptionally well-behaved child – reading about the exploits of those who were unafraid to be bad sometimes was a kind of diverting escapism. The ‘sometimes’ is key: antiheroes are not villains. They are not straightforwardly evil. Perhaps they plan to be good, until something distracts them. Perhaps it is just that

Interview: Lily Linke on Lowering the Voting Age to 16 in the UK

After lots of discussion recently about whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote, teenager Lily Linke started an online petition to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16. We interviewed her about the petition. What made you decide to start a petition? – The EU referendum had made me notice, for the first time, how much politics really affects the younger generations. My own frustration and the frustration of people around my age (13 – 18) at the referendum result was what really fuelled the decision as many of us felt that the older voters had dramatically altered our future without regard for what would be right for us. According to the BBC, 73% of 18-24 year olds voted

Clare Furniss on Inspirational Women

As a huge fan of Clare Furniss, I’m delighted to celebrate the recent paperback release of How Not To Disappear by running this great guest post, and a Twitter competition! How Not to Disappear tells the story of the relationship between teenage Hattie and Gloria, the larger-than-life great-aunt she never knew she had, who is in the early stages of dementia when Hattie first meets her. It felt really natural to me to write about this because there were a lot of strong older women around in my family when I was growing up and they played a big part in my life. Although Gloria is a completely fictional character there are definitely elements of my own family in there too. I’d wanted to write a

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