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Blood Family

Blood Family [Kindle Edition]

Anne Fine
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"Strong stuff from a writer who is never afraid to be outspoken" (Nicholas Tucker Independent)

"Reading Anne Fine's work is always a challenge as well as a delight. She's like a difficult relative who appears at family events and tells everyone a few home truths, yet gets away with it because she has such a wickedly witty turn of phrase" (Tony Bradman Guardian)

"A riveting read" (The Bookseller)

"Once again Fine proves why she is such a prolific author with this dangerous and dark new book . . . Evocative, emotional and beautifully imagined" (We Love This Book)

"Excellent" (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)

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A dark and gripping tale of a young boy's struggle to escape the horrors of his childhood - and the violent destiny he fears must await him.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ1D5N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard hitting, reality read! 12 Oct 2013
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Originally published on Serendipity Reviews.
This book has to be one of the most upsetting books I have ever read. In fact I think it broke my heart. I couldn't read it continually, because I found myself getting emotional every time I picked it up, so I would have to mix it up with a lighter book.

The story looks closely at the forgotten victims; the children who grew up in abusive households, only to reach a point where intervention is the final answer. I don't know about you,but when I consider children who have been fostered or adopted, I like to think their lives have improved. But I've never once considered the time bomb they might carry around inside them, which inevitably shows it's face as they mature.

Every child normally resembles a member of their family, which becomes more evident as they reach adulthood. Imagine looking just like the person who made your childhood a living nightmare. When you see the monster that scared you half to death, looking back at you in the mirror - how do you escape them? How do you stop becoming just like them? These are the questions that define Eddie's future.

I loved Eddie. He left his unhappy childhood, majorly unscathed and seemed to go through life, gathering strength with each new year. Until he discovers who his real father is and that's where his world unravels. I found myself shouting at his adopted family for not seeing what was going on. On the outside, Eddie seemed to be happy. He didn't dwell on the past, so his parents felt they had nothing to worry about - and yet Eddie was drinking what ever he could lay his hands on.

I really liked the format of the book. It is told from multiple view points, so you get a full view of how Eddie grew up and changed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought 2 Sep 2013
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Anne Fine's latest book is a compelling read, and I was engrossed in the story for a few days. The story revolves around Eddie, and begins with Eddie and his mother being rescued from a flat, where they had been kept prisoner for several years.
Eddie embarks on a new life through the care system and although life is a struggle for him, Eddie ends up being cared for by some loving people. Later in the book, Eddie's life takes a downward turn when he makes a discovery about his family history.
The novel is told by Eddie and various other people involved in his life. Both the characters and storyline are believable and the story moves along at a good pace.
The deep issues explored in this novel means that it is not an easy read and I was thinking about it for ages after I had finished it. I think it would be ideal for a book group to read, as there is lots to discuss. Amongst other things, it raises interesting debate about family history and whether genes determine how we turn out, or can we determine our own fate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine writing 21 May 2014
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Powerful. Upsetting. Inspiring.

A heart-breaking opening. Seven-year-old Eddie is rescued by a neighbour raising the alarm after seeing his pale face kept indoors for three years. Forced into captivity by his mother's partner, Eddie and his mother emerge into the world damaged in different ways. Initially seeming resilient, Eddie copes with foster and adoptive families, learning how to socialise with other children, attends his first school. Only several years later as a teenager does he start to question his relationship to his gaoler, and if violence can be inherited. And starts to go off the rails...

I heard of Anne Fine's latest book and thought I'd stand clear, based on the stark subject matter. But the Carnegie nomination prompted me to give it a go. I found it wasn't as hard-going as I'd anticipated. I even read it on audiobook and it flew by, I listened to it all in two days. Excellent narration from Jack Hawkins.

Eddie is a child you want to protect, smart but broken, brought up by fear and Mr Perkins videotapes (found in his prison home and watched over and over, educational shows that give him long-standing morals and knowledge). His transformation into troubled teen is all too real and understandable as he experiments with different ways of blocking his worries and drowning himself in his despair. I was reminded of Melvin Burgess's 'Junk' in some parts as the inevitable chemical dependence begins.

It's hard-hitting at times. The structure is excellent, as Eddie is only one of many narrators. Anyone who has been involved in his life speaks up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking good read 23 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book in one sitting and have been thinking about the characters and situations long after I had finished the book. Always a sign of a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Family by Anne Fine 26 Jun 2014
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This is one of the most gripping books I have read, I read this novel at the age of 11, perhaps teenagers and young adults would also enjoy this book. It was a great book however the ending let it down a bit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 23 Jun 2014
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A must read! Gripping, sad and easy to read. Fab book for any age. I highly recommend it for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author 12 Jun 2014
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This is the author's latest young adult novel, it arrived in excellent condition and I would certainly purchase from this seller again in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Read This Book, it's disgraceful!
This book had no plot! It rambled on about Mr Perkins, an extremly cheesy man who was on a kids TV show,singing with bookcases and going to fire departments to ask the same... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catherine Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking Read
A great start which pulls the reader straight in to Eddie's world. I found the second half of the novel, where Eddie is struggling to settle in his adoptive home a little... Read more
Published 4 months ago by LB
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Family by Anne Fine
I really enjoyed reading this book and you really got close to the characters. I also like the way that the book is set out so it isn't just from Edward's perspective. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hannah Lawton
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad!!
I'm only twelve and this book is aimed at 14 year olds..... I know why!
The sheer sadness is a huge part of how the book works into your mind, deeper and deeper as you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rowan Claughton
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
this is a scary and realistic story about a boy growing up and coming to terms with having an abusive and neglectful alcoholic father. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dale mathers
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enthrall me
I , like other reviewers, feel that this book could make very good reading group material, or even guided reading for students aged perhaps 14 plus, given the storyline and the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs SW
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have always loved Anne Fine's writing and this book was no exception. She tackles some hard themes I. Read more
Published 8 months ago by goldenlasoo
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy CILIP Carnegie nomination
An excellent read for young adults and adults alike. Along the lines of Room by Emma Donaghue, this book takes the theme on, to show us the possible effects of imprisonment,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by osprey
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