Book Review: Paradox Child

Paradox Child
Author: Jane Yates
Published: 6th June 2013
Publisher: Amazon
Summary: A debut which confirms Yates’ creative talent

Lilly is the eponymous Paradox Child. Her life is to be changed completely by the dark secret her family holds – they are able to travel back in time.

This novel for young adults marries exploration of the possibility of time travel, with elements of fantasy and historical fiction. Set in Oxford in the 1980s, a young woman knows she’s part of a slightly different family. They keep themselves to themselves. She has few friends at school and tries to keep her head down. She enjoys walking the family dogs, growing food in the garden and doing spells with her mother and grandmother. The spells she, her mother Rose and her grandmother Iris perform were passed down from older generations of women named after flowers.

The disappearance of her mother means Lilly has to be told the family secret a little earlier than her gran had wanted. Lilly needs to be trained up to go and rescue her mother, and has to learn how to go back in time to find her. To her surprise, she finds the time machine in the Pitt Rivers Museum amongst the West African masks, South American shrunken heads and Inuit seal intestine parkas.

Yates explores how time travel could work, and what it might be like, through Lilly’s experiences and her interaction with a novelist who’s writing a book about time travel (in a book about time travel!). Others in the book are exploring how to travel through time as well, and they promise to play a larger part in the sequel.

This debut novel from artist Jane Yates confirms her all round creative talent. It draws on Yates’ education in physics, her experience working in the Pitt Rivers Museum and her interests in Oriental culture and traditional magic.

Paradox Child is available on Kindle and other e-readers.


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Kim Biddulph

Kim is a humanities graduate who realised, after working in museums for ten years, that she should have studied science. She has converted to biology, mainly through the medium of spiders. Like most people, Kim was scared of spiders, but after having a child has decided not to be and to learn all about them instead. Kim has also had the great honour of working on the education programme for local schools at Darwin's family home, Down House in Kent.

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