Eddy Eddy


Eddy has his shifts at New World supermarket and his dog walking and pet care. HIs life seems ordered. It’s as though he has Brain’s patterns of childhood and family immured. Then again, it’s as though he can see the families with whom he works through a lens. It’s the same way with Mother, the foul mouthed cockatoo, alongside Arbuckle, the frog. It means he understands the distance of Jasper and the desperation of Delphine, so that he knows they’ll become part of his life.

However his life is peppered by Thos More, too. Thos loathed Eddy’s girlfriend, Boo. Eddy wonders what Thos will make of Boo returning to his life. Then again, Eddy’s not sure what he makes of it, and how Brain will feel when he learns that Boo’s back. In some ways it seems as though they’ve never been apart, for they fall into old ways. However so much has happened since their separation, while they’ve never really talked about that break. Can they?

Eddy Eddy is magnificent. Bookwagon loves the warmth, literacy, emotional awareness, glorious setting and the pure love that exudes from Kate De Goldi’s pen. Eddy Eddy is recommended to every older, teen, mature reader, and anyone beyond that. We are so proud to recommend and sell this exceptional novel.

Shortlisted, New Zealand Young Adult Book of the Year

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Eddy Eddy

Kate De Goldi

(Old Barn Books)

Eddy’s not sure how Boo returned. However, they’ve somehow fallen into the same patterns, like an old couple, though there are silences that hang. Boo’s aware of these. Then again, it seems she can hear Eddy’s thoughts and feelings in some way. However, she  can’t hear Thos More, who echoes throughout Eddy’s being.
Eddy’s certain he wouldn’t have liked Delphine. Somehow in his dog walking, pet care, he’s also collected Delphine and Jasper.  It’s as though he know Delphine, recognises her awkwardness with the world, that she’ll fall into her own as an adult. He sees the way that she absorbs Eddy’s life, from his friends and routines, to board games. Then again, Eddy’s routines might seem set in stone to Thos More, but fluctuate with the charges he collects. It’s as though he knows what they need, from flies to frogs, to the anxieties of foul-mouthed umbrella cockatoo, Mother.
Kate De Goldi offers such a mature, nuanced, tender and richly funny novel. Like works by Susin Nielsen, beloved by Bookwagon, such as We Are All Made Of Molecules, we recognise how Eddy’s trying to make sense of things. He’s struggling, reassessing all he knows and trusts. Not only is he grieving, but he’s also scared about the supposed certainties. Although the post Christchurch earthquake setting is strong and real, Bookwagon assets that Eddy Eddy will be loved by all older, mature readers.


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