Princess Ben By Catherine Gilbert Murdock Pan McMillan Australia 2008.
YA fairytale retelling
I loved this book. I loved the language - a YA book with complex sentences, words of more than one or two syllables, and rhythmic phrasing - finally, a brave publisher that supports a different kind of writing to the usual conventional wisdom of simple, clear sentences and a modest vocabulary! I loved the sly humour - one of the most consistently funny books I have read in a while. The inversion of the typical fairy tale has been done before, of course, but this is really clever. More books, please Catherine Gilbert Murdock!