I don’t know if it would be unwise of me to consider this book underrated based merely on the fact that I know only two other people who have read it. I’ve a suspicion that the arts community at my university is a bit of a Carter-not-reading pocket, just like it is a Pratchett-reading pocket, which makes me sad because Carter is one of the best female authors I have read. She’s perhaps the only female author I’m genuinely fond of, someone who can write chaos and humour and sadness at the same time.
Wise Children was the first Carter novel I read, a couple of years ago from a tattered BCL copy (which I nevertheless failed to locate at the next BCL Book Bazaar). It is written in the backdrop of burlesque and early Hollywood and a lot of old-world glamour and a lot of Shakespeare. There are a lot of excellent music references. Since no one has made a film out of the book yet, I collected all the music individually and compiled them into a fictitious album, which has been one of the most happy-making albums I’ve owned till date.