Storytelling is a form of sorcery, so it should come as no surprise that since the dawn of printing, we have always loved books about magic. In recent years, Harry Potter may have come close to a magical monopoly – but there are many other mysterious stories out there for those craving a dose of the mystic.
Writer, actor and comedian Simon Farnaby – famous for his appearances in Horrible Histories, Ghosts, The Mighty Boosh and Rogue One, as well as writing Paddington 2 – conjures up his recommendations for the best books about magic.
Books about magic… recommended by actor and writer Simon Farnaby
Stone Junction by Jim Dodge
It’s about a guy called Daniel Pearse. His mum dies in the beginning and he gets all these mysterious people helping him to get over that loss. They’re all part of this group called AMO, which is the Alliance of Alchemists, Magicians and Outlaws. It’s an outlawed British group of magicians. He goes on an adventure, becoming a poker player, a bank robber and a safe cracker. But all the time, he’s trying to achieve this magical feat of becoming invisible. It’s totally bizarre. It really stretches your imagination.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
There’s a lot of magic in Murakami’s books. Kafka on the Shore is, again, very bizarre story. There’s this character who’s a serial killer, of cats and he dresses like Johnnie Walker, from the whiskey label, with this weird hat and boots and stuff. His plan is, he’s going to make a flute out of cats’ souls. And it’s just very, very odd.
The Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke
This book is more child friendly. It’s a graphic novel about a witch. She loses her job as a witch, and she becomes a dinner lady. When I was at school, the dinner ladies always seemed like witches to me, the food was so bad.