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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; New Ed edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904233562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904233565
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,349,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry Douglas Kilworth was born in York in 1941. He began travelling the minute his feet hit the ground. As a service brat he was raised in various counties of England, in Aden, and in Singapore. He went to military school at the age of 15 and served in the RAF until 33, in Kenya, Aden, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Germany and Malta. On leaving the RAF he had his first short story published in the Sunday Times. Novels with Faber and Faber, and Penguin Books, followed shortly afterwards. After working for Cable and Wireless in the Caribbean for 8 years he turned full-time writer and to date has 125 short stories and 70 novels published. He has worked in several genres, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, General Fiction, Children's books, Historical Fiction and Military Crime novels. Garry is still married to Annette, the girl he met when she was 17 and he 19. They have two children, a boy and a girl, now in their forties, and five beloved grandchildren, Alexander being the boy in the photograph. Garry Kilworth's main influences have been: Rudyard Kipling, HG Wells, Julio Cortazar and a whole raft of modern authors, many of them now friends.

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This book is reminiscent of Narnia with its alternative, magical world. A fantastic read that will have imaginations working overtime (The Bookseller)

An excellent book, good and original and, in all the best ways, strange (Neil Gaiman)

Kilworth sends his fully dimensional characters on an exhilarating adventure (Booklist)

One to watch. The book belongs in the mainstream of children's literature and has the ingredients to make it an 'adventure in the attic (classic')

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A timeless adventure story in a land full of wonder and riches from the acclaimed and much-loved storyteller.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Stone on 10 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after reading Neil Gaiman's praise for it, and I'm glad I did. It's a novel that is by turns charming, scaring, moving and exciting.

The premise is simple: three children venture into the attic of their new home in search of a pocket-watch belonging to the previous tenant (an old curmudgeon who now occupies the adjacent flat). They wander beyond the expected boundaries of their attic and enter a country-sized world of weirdness, full of strange inhabitants. The story thus becomes a series of adventures as the children try to find their own trapdoor home.

The real strength in this book for me -- being, I suspect, much older than the target audience -- was the characters. The three children, Chloe, Jordy and Alex, are very different in temperament and interests, and deal with each new problem in profoundly different ways. But each conquer their fears and, not only survive, but actually thrive and grow on their escapades. I found myself really rooting for them. Younger readers will just love the weird settings and strange folk like the Bortrekker, the Removal Firm, and the Board-comber with his pet bat. There are even Atticans who ride about in cars converted from sewing machines!

I lost myself in Attica for several enjoyable evenings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julio on 20 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fabulous book. I loved it so much I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for the next one (I hope theres going to be a next one!). When I first bought it I thought OK it's going to be another Narnia, but it wasn't like Narnia at all, it had all its own atmosphere and story - the only thing it has in common is it uses a sort of porthole in the house, in this case a trapdoor, to reach another world, and lots of stories do that. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially my age (13) and older or younger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Corner on 29 April 2007
Format: Paperback
I almost gave up on this book at one point. As mentioned, the idea is that three children and their cat enter an attic to find a watch. The attic is, of course, a whole other reality connected at certain points to our own reality. After a short while I found the childrens acceptance of their situation a little too unbelievable, I almost stopped reading. Fortunately I carried on and the book gradually weaved it's magic on me in much the same way that the attic seemed to affect the children. I was captured and just moved with the story from one adventure to another. There are so many ideas in here that I hope the author wants to write more before moving on to other things!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional narration - A story of whimsical adventure 19 July 2013
By Donna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Attica was brilliantly narrated by Simon Vance. This was the first title that I have listened to by this narrator which is surprising since he has narrated over 700 popular novels such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. After listening to his outstanding narration of Attica, I will be searching out more titles read by Vance. I would say that Vance's performance of this audio was contributed significantly to my enjoyment and brought life to even the dullest moments of the story.

Attica introduces the reader to 3 siblings who find themselves on a quest to find a missing object in what they believe is an average old attic but find themselves exploring an ever expanding world of bizarre creatures & dangerous adventure. I found the story to be reminiscent of the dark & whimsical style of Neil Gaiman but lacking his crucial ability to build a connection between reader and characters. This also read a lot like Narnia without the intensity and religious overtones.

Middle grade readers will likely enjoy the strange creatures introduced,the sense of adventure, and the relationship between the kids. Older readers should enjoy reminiscing about the excitement of exploring an old attic and imagining all the hazards that may be lurking there and the treasure that may be waiting to be found.

Ultimately, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend for fans of whimsical middle grade fantasy. I would urge anyone considering reading Attica to listen to the audio. The fabulous narration by Vance adds personality and atmosphere to this story that distracts from any flaws in the plot or writing.

Received an audiobook copy of Attica for review from Downpour.com via Audiobook Jukebox
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