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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,839 ratings  ·  335 reviews
Nine-year-old Milo suffers from retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing, and he will eventually go blind. But for now, he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don't. When Milo's beloved 92-year-old gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo begins to notice things amiss at the home. The grown-ups won't listen when h ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2014)
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Reading Corner
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Milo Saw is the beautiful tale of the unique perspective of a boy called Milo, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.This condition results in poor eyesight which will eventually leave Milo to go blind but at the moment his vision is like seeing through a pinhole.His reduced vision causes him to see things differently from others and he sees what most people miss.

Milo loves his gran very dearly and enjoys caring for her but when she is moved into the local nursing home, Milo is upset especi
Elyse  Walters
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"I'm not a kid you know, said Milo, standing up. ****[Milo is 9 years old]
"Of course not. That's why you're going to do the adult thing and go home – – – you are going to do the extra miles."
"The extra mile?"
"Make an effort."
Milo nodded but stared at the floor.
"And if I'm still not happy tomorrow, I can come back?"
"It is a promise."

Milo has 'Retinitis Pigmentosa', which is a degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment. The peripheral vision becomes increasingly progressive .
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley, a huge thanks to the publisher and author for the opportunity to review.

What a lovely book, profound, important, funny, poignant and enjoyable.

Milo has a rare sight condition where he sees the world through his eyes like a pinhole viewpoint. This doesn't stop him from noticing things that others miss, he's clever, lovable and brave this young man.

He has a pet pig called Hamlet and loves his Gran very much. The book switches viewpoints between a few
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, buy, netgalley

This is a cute and charming, albeit whimsical read about a young boy trying to get his grandma out of an evil nursing home. For once I actually liked the multiple narratives in a book, as I felt that having the adults narratives and not just Milo's added to the story in a great way.

I feel that if it was just Milo, it might have turned a little tedious. So I appreciate how well the multiple narratives was done. Annnd I actually liked them all equally. Miracles all around.

I can't really think of
David Reviews
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Milo is nine years old and sees things differently to other people. He lives with his mum, his gran and his pig. They have been deserted by his father who now lives with ‘The Tart’. He suffers a slow degenerative eye disease called 'Retinitis Pigmentosa' which causes him pinpoint tunnel vision and will longer term leave him blind. Milo however sees more than most, even with this issue, his observational skills are exceptional. This is a marvellous read which you will find entertaining, amusing a
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

Here's a novel that can pretty much be read by everyone: although the style and narrative may be a tad bit simple for adults, they also ensure that younger readers could enjoy it as well.

The story focuses on characters from a torn family: not only Milo, but also his mother Sandy, great-grandmother Lou, and a few others, like Tripi, the cook at the nursing home where Lou is sent in the first chapters. Each of these people hav
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nine year old Milo Moon lives in Slipton with his mum Sandy, his beloved Gran Lou (really his father’s grandmother) and his pet pig Hamlet. Milo is a sensitive, caring boy, but his life is not always easy. Milo’s father has left his mother for another woman and now Sandy is struggling to pay the bills and cope with her feelings of depression. She feels that Milo spends too much time caring for Gran and, when Gran sets fire to the kitchen, Sandy decides she has to put her into a nursing home and ...more
Katy Noyes
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I'm in two minds about this book. It reminded me of Wonder (R. J. Palacio) but is marketed (somewhat inexplicably in my opinion) at an adult market. Wonder takes the multiple narrator approach to a boy with physical deformities starting school for the first time. What Milo Saw has Milo Moon at its centre. A nine year old boy with pinhole vision that will eventually disappear altogether.

You would expect this vision to be central to the story. But I don't think it is. There are a few sce
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful novel captured my attention because it brought my memories of how I loved my nan very much. She would sit and crochet me dolls clothes galore, she even took me to a toy shop to buy a Sheena doll.
Another reason that I liked this story is the very heart of this moving tale is about a Nursing home. I used to work in a lovely, friendly care home, until the owner sold it. I used to make time to sit and talk to all the old people in the home.

This very unique story line where nine-year-o
Suad Shamma
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2015
I was pleased by this book. It was a good read, albeit predictable. I wouldn't call it a page-turner or unputdownable, but I did enjoy it well enough.

This book presents us with a boy, Milo, suffering from a rare eye condition in which he sees the world through tunnel vision that will ultimately lead to complete loss of his eyesight. He has lived with it long enough that he knows how to deal with it and seems pretty capable for a boy his age. He lives with his mother and gran, who has been a mut
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a very clever and well written novel; it addresses some very important, and sometimes touchy, subjects with sensitivity and humour throughout. I liked how each chapter was told by one of the four main characters, it gave me more of an insight into how each person viewed the events that were unfolding (I wish there had been one chapter in Hamlet's point of view, that would have been hilarious!). It played out much as I expected it to, there were no big shocks or twists, it just moved ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Milo is one of those characters you meet in a story who stays with with you, I've been thinking about him since I finished this book last night. This is a lovely crossover novel suitable for both adults and young adults. I loved the relationships between Milo and his Gran, between Milo and Tripi the Syrian refugee who helps him and I despaired and sympathised with Milo's Mum who is in that hopeless phase that I recognised from part of my life where it all fell to pieces and I basically sat on th ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Virginia Macgregor has written a lovely, quirky heart-warming story with current thought provoking storylines. The characters are wonderful, particularly Milo, his grandma and his friend Tripi. I loved the way it showed us a childs view of how society deals with our older people and how horrendously those in positions of trust can let their charges down. Milo was instantly loveable, and I was rooting for him and his mission from the word go. A fabulous read which left me wanting a sequel to foll ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Milo Saw by Virginia Mcgregor

3.5 stars

This was such a lovely and moving book! And, though I was able to sort of figure out where the story was going, it was, nonetheless, an enjoyable read, that kept me entertained, and it still managed to have some surprising features.

"Milo curled his thumb and forefinger together to make a small hole and held his fingers up to Al’s eyes. 'Look through here. That’s what I see. Kind of, only worse.'
'Wow, that must be amazing.'
Milo shrugged. 'Not really.

Originally posted on This Chick Reads

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

'What Milo Saw' by Virginia Macgregor is a great debut and unlike any of the books I've ever read. From the minute I read the blurb and Milo's sad story, I fell in love with his little guy, who sees world differently to people with normal eye function. In many ways he's a special boy, but despite suffering from retinitis pigmentosa he didn't act as a victim.

Imagine looking at the world through
Karen Mace
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.

Typing this review with tears still in my eyes! What a wonderfully endearing, touching, insightful, funny and heart-wrenching story.

Milo is 9 years old and has a disease called Retinitis Pigmentation which basically means that his eyesight is deteriorating and all he can see is life through a pinhole. But amazingly the less he sees, the more he notices and this is one of the main threads of the story as he tries to g
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, sweet, well observed story. Comparisons will be drawn with the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, in that it is a young boy with a disability who seeks to uncover a wrong doing.

The story is told mostly from Milo's point of view with interludes from his mum Sandy, Gran Lou and Tripi a homeless refugee that Milo befriends.

Milo's beloved Gran has to live in a care home because at 9 years old and being only partially sighted he can't look after her anymore. I absolutely l
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Virginia Macgregor has created a cast of memorable and loveable characters. From 9 year old Milo, the little boy with Retinitis Pigmentosa, who sees things other people miss through his reduced visual field; to Tripi, a Syrian refugee searching for his lost sister and a better safer life; to Nurse Thornbill, a greedy and unsympathetic woman; to Petros, a man with a secret; to Mr Overland, the whistling neighbour who stares out his window all day and night; and others who make up this heart warmi ...more
Tracy Fenton
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
What Milo Saw is a sweet and heart-warming story with some wonderful characters.  There is 9 year old Milo, 92 year old Lou (Milo's Gran), 27 year old Sandy (Milo's mum) and 24 year old Tripi (a Syrian refugee).

Milo is the 9 year old "hero" of the book.  Suffering from a progressive eye condition which means he can only see the world through a pinhole, nothing stops this plucky, optimistic little fellow who is determined to find out what is happening when his beloved Gran is moved into a care ho
Sally Boocock
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you have read Wonder you will enjoy this book. It's a lovely story about a young boy with limited vision who looks after his Gran. It tells what he does when the home she has to go to he discovers is not what it's cracked up to be. Oh he also has a pig called Hamlet who is very much part of the story. A wonderful story of all the different kinds of love to be experienced.All children should read this book.It gives insight into a child's view of an adult world.
Molly Gillham
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am halfway through this book, and I am loving it! I think it's very important that retinitis pigmentosa is more well understood and this book does just that. The fact that the story is told by four of the main characters is good so you can see everyone's point of view.
Beckie Lawson
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING! If you liked "Wonder" you will love this too.
A Robin Reads
What I liked:
The plot
The characters

What I didn't like:
The writing (or translation)
Some things were repeated too often
The pessimism of the book
The sexual things (this is a middle grade after all)
Nita Kohli
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had heard nothing about this book or the author before I saw it first time in the library. And I just picked it on a whim. I read the blurb and thought it would be a light breezy read and I might or might not read it but let me issue it for now from the library. But, I am glad I read this book because it is so good!


The story is about a nine year old boy, Milo who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa. A disease which means that he is losing his eyesight and one day he will go blind. But for no
I've received this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I'm not quite sure how to rate this novel.

It's got all the ingredients that usually work on/for me: a precocious child, family problems, older people, a refugee, unexpected acts of kindness and it's even written in the third person.

In many ways, it's very similar to one of my favourite books- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman. But I didn't like it as much as the one mentioned abo
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I obtained this book from a goodreads first reads giveaway, and finally got round to reading it today.

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this. It's somewhat different to my normal choice of reading.

Firstly, I was interested to read that this is the author's first foray into adult fiction, having written for children before. However, I found that 'What Milo Saw', despite its serious underlying themes, read just like a children's book (well, apart from the one use of a swear word, which was
Amelia Rockliff
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
My bookshop received a bound proof from the publishers.

I read this in one sitting. Hamlet, Milo's pet teacup pig (actually more like "teapot" pig) now holds a special place in my heart. I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 if half stars were possible on Goodreads.

I chose this book as my August Book of the Month for the bookshop where I work.

Nine-year-old Milo has Retinitis Pigmentosa, which means that his eyesight is slowly degenerating and he will eventually go blind. For now, Milo views t
Anthony Peter
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if this was a children's or an adult's novel. It strikes me as a contender for cross-over status with the emphasis on the children's fiction side. (There are some sex scenes, but they are seen with the shocked eye of the child, and, to an adult reader - this one, anyway - they come across as funny.) Milo, the 10 year old protagonist, has an eye condition that allows him very limited vision, but his capacity to notice things with such intense focus allows him to interpret reality mo ...more
Jill's Book Cafe
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I originally planned on giving this 4/4.5 stars but I am so besotted with the delightful Milo Moon that I've decided on 5. It is a long time since I've been so taken with a character, but I defy anyone not to love him.

Milo is a 9 year old boy, with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition which means he sees life through a pin hole, but often spots the things that others don't. He loves, his Mum, his Gran and his teacup pig Hamlet, and lives at home with them after his father left them for "The Tart".
The star character in this book is the magnificent Milo who is a nine years old boy coping with turmoil and discord in his life. His parents have split up after Milo caught his Dad with the Tart, Milo’s been diagnosed as having the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, which means he sees things differently to most people - like looking through a pinhole - and will eventually be totally blind. He always looks out for his Gran but was too slow to stop her setting fire to their kitchen.… ...more
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