For as long as he can remember, Declan has loved his father, Michael. He has also been aware of the strange... something... between his father and the powerful Mr Cantala. A story of love, hate, life and death in the turbulent relationship between a boy and his father
‘An enchanting story of growing up and facing truths. Powerfully written and highly recommended.’ - The Wishing Shelf Awards 2013 More
What a father will do to protect his son and what a son will do to save his father. For as long as he can remember, Declan has loved his father, Michael. He has also been aware of the strange... something... between his father and the powerful Mr Cantala. One fateful night, Declan’s illusions and innocence are shattered. Michael realises the only way to save his son is to get him out of town. The more life throws at him, the more Declan realises he is just like his father. And always lurking in the background is Mr Cantala – watching and waiting. When the world comes full circle, Declan is faced with the hardest decision of his life. Can he break away and leave childhood behind? Can he escape his father’s legacy and achieve the life he craves?
By Any Other Name was entered in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. It was awarded a 5 star rating. Here are some of the judges’ comments: ‘An enchanting story of growing up and facing truths. Powerfully written and highly recommended.’ ‘The last last bit when he sees his dad is soooo sad I began to cry.’ ‘This author did a fantastic job of putting across the feelings and motivations of her characters. This, for me, was the strongest part of the story. Except for the ending: it was very upsetting and very, very good.'