Hidden magic

Hidden magic

Subtle spookiness abounds in Sarah Maria Griffin’s enthralling new novel Other Words for Smoke, featuring suburban tarot readings and two teenage protagonists who will fascinate young people and grown-ups alike, writes Anna Carey

‘It all started with Sweet James,” says Dublin writer Sarah Maria Griffin. “It all started with the owl.”

An owl called Sweet James is the dark heart of Griffin’s second novel Other Words For Smoke, an unsettling and enthralling story set in Dublin suburbia, which tells of magic and the lives of two teenagers called Mae and Ross, who go to stay with their grand-aunt Rita for the summer, and discover Sweet James living in...

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