Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg's contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg's own feelings of insecurity.
The Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations. Greg's casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants. Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg's contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg's own feelings of insecurity. This is a complex and thought-provoking book, written with elegance and subtlety. It will change the way you think.
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"Powerful, challenging reading for older teens" * Sunday Mirror * "Compelling . . . Elegiac, even literary" -- David Self * TES * "Celevrly intertwines two stories and encompasses some big themes . . . Intelligent and perceptive" * Guardian * "A novel to read, think about, and then read again" * Independent * "[An] enjoyably meaty read . . . Newbery writes wonderfully" * Financial Times *
About Linda Newbery
As a child Linda Newbery was a secret writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe. Now she is a published author of over forty books, mainly children's and teenage fiction. She has been shortlisted for many prestigious literary prizes and has won the Costa children's book award. Linda lives in an Oxfordshire village and enjoys yoga, gardening, walking and the cinema.
The Shell House by Linda Newbery
Used - Very Good
Random House Children's Publishers UK
Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2003
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