My Favourite Book Feature

My favourite book by Jack

Today we have Jack telling us all about his favourite book, here is what he had to say.

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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Okay, okay, so His Dark Materials is technically three books, but Pullman (sometimes) talks about them as three volumes of the same book, which means I can too! Anyway, this sublime trilogy has a lot to do with why I became a writer, so it will always have a special place on my bookshelf, and in my heart …
Once upon a time, I was sitting in my early-teenage bedroom reading The Amber Spyglass in between stints of homework, GameCube and playing electric guitar badly, when suddenly *spoiler alert* star-crossed adolescents Lyra and Will were forced into parallel universes never to see each other again.
Before starting the His Dark Materials trilogy I had bypassed the YA genre completely, instead choosing to graduate straight from children’s books to novels aimed at adults. With the benefit of hindsight, I suppose I’d done this in some misguided attempt to appear cool to the opposite sex but, thankfully, Pullman’s books were knocking about the house for some reason and one day they just happened to catch my eye.
I was not ready for the heartbreaking ending of The Amber Spyglass. It got to me in a way that nothing I had ever read/watched had done so before. I’d identified with the characters early on and, although I didn’t fully appreciate all of the complex themes the books explored at the time, the plot had drawn me in hook, line and sinker. Once I’d read the book’s final sentence, I immediately turned over to the cover and thought, Mr Pullman, I want to be able to make people feel how you’ve made me feel. And in truth, that was depressed into to a mild stupor for days – but in a good way.
So, when I finally sat down to write my first novel, Tethers, (sadly my education got in the way of me becoming a writer the instant I finished His Dark Materials) there really wasn’t any question over what kind of book it would be. I wanted to write in the genre Pullman had made me fall in love with and, indeed, my protagonist was a teenager named Karl almost from the moment my fingers touched the keyboard.

A YA Victorian fantasy, Jack Croxall’s debut novel, Tethers follows Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson as they become embroiled in a treacherous conspiracy. The book is available through Amazon ( and you can find out more by visiting: or the book’s GoodReads page (

I can really recommend tethers, it’s a brilliant read.

Thank you to Jack for taking part in the feature.

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