The Beast and the Bethany
by Jack Meggitt-Phillips (Egmont, 2020); audiobook read by Barnaby Edwards (Bolinda, 2020)
A macabre mid- middle-grade romp very much of the Roald Dahl school. The humour is dark, the protagonists are anti-heroes and the Beast itself is suitably vile. The eccentricity, however, feels more mapped-out than off-the-cuff. Barnaby Edwards puts in a good performance.