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Tamsyn Murray: the author who got me into reading.


Long before the days of me becoming a book addict, my mum came come with a copy of ‘My So Called After Life’ by Tamsyn Murray. It was signed with the message ‘may your Uggs be forever free of wee’ written by her on the inside.

Of course, little eleven-year-old me was very intrigued. What did it mean? Well, I found out on the first page, but the story made me continue reading the book.

Every once in a while, a book comes along that you never forget. Eight years on, I still remember how much I loved this book to this day. I still have the copy, battered and bruised on my bookshelf. While my favourite reads have changed overtime and the books I like to read has changed, this is a book that will always be special to me. This is one of the books (the other being the Shiver series) that formed my love of reading. Until I read My So Called Afterlife, I never knew what it was like to be hooked by a book. I never knew what it was like to not be able to put a book down. I remember how quickly I read it (in less than a day) and how I didn’t want it to end. This is one of the books that defines my childhood, and for that read, Tamsyn Murray will always be one of my favourite authors.

I remember when Instructions for a Second-hand Heart came out in 2016 and I felt oddly proud. Obviously, Bookstagram wasn’t a thing back when My So-Called Afterlife came out, but it was when Instructions for a Second-hand heart and I saw it everywhere. It was in my home feed daily for about a week and I couldn’t help but smile every time I saw it. It would bring back so many great memories, ones that I will always cherish.

Really, I have a lot to thank Tamsyn Murray for. She showed me what an amazing experience reading could be. She made me want to write. She made me want to create something that special. Without Tamsyn and My So Called Afterlife, I probably wouldn’t have found a love for reading.