An unfortunate naut ical saga full of cardboard cut-outs

We Are Pirates By Daniel Handler Bloomsbury, €15.10

20th March, 2015
An unfortunate naut  ical saga full of cardboard cut-outs
Daniel Handler: a better book screaming to get out. Picture: Getty

Inside Daniel Handler’s affected and unconvincing new novel, there’s a much better book screaming to get out.

We Are Pirates is the story of a frustrated teenage girl called Gwen Needle, who runs away from home with her best friend, the brother of a boy she has a crush on, an old man with dementia called Errol and one of his carers. Fuelled by a love of books with titles such...

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