Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare

Introduced by Peter Florence, founder and director of Hay Festival

Back in the mists of the ’70s, though it might even have been 1969, I met Roald Dahl at the Book Bang in Bedford Square. He was utterly compelling and inspiring.

Over the years I’ve met and read Michelle Paver, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Cressida Cowell, Matt Haig, Marcus Sedgwick, Oliver Jeffers, Quentin Blake and a host of great writers who can engage and transport children.

This weekend I heard Horatio Clare introduce and launch Aubrey and The Terrible Yoot [at the Hay Festival Winter Weekend]. It is about a rambunctious boy who needs to save his father.

There was a small roomful of children who had their capacity for wonder and adventure met with humour and imagination and humanity of the most delightful kind.

There was also the sense that we were the first people to meet this book, and that that in itself was a privilege and something we all might get to tell our grandchildren about. We were there.



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