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Hazel [Paperback]

Julie Hearn
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Book Description

2 May 2013
Sweet but dull - that's how life has always been for Hazel Louise Mull-Dare.

But on the day of the Epsom Derby, June 4th, 1913, everything changes. A suffragette in a dark coat steps out in front of the King's horse, dying days later from her injuries.

Who was she and why did she do it?

Hazel is determined to find out. But finding out leads her into worse trouble than she could ever have imagined. It leads to banishment. To secrets that have festered, and a shame that lingers on. To madness and misunderstanding in the place where sugar cane grows.

Sweet but dull - that's how life used to be for Hazel Louise Mull-Dare.
Not any more.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192735012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192735010
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Hearn used to be a tabloid journalist. After her daughter, Tilly, was born she began a degree in Education but switched to English after suffering a panic attack while attempting to teach maths to year six.

Something she read in Oxford's Bodleian Library, about a young girl who was shown as a fairground "monster" in the 17th century, inspired Julie's first novel Follow Me Down (2003). Since then she has written about witchcraft (The Merrybegot, 2005); the beauty and perils of the Victorian art world (Ivy, 2006), and the legacy of the Slave Trade (Hazel, 2007).

Rowan the Strange, she says, is as much about the craziness of so-called "normal life" as it is about a young boy's state of mind . The more she wrote the harder it became to hold onto, or defend, conventional definitions of madness.

Wreckers, another of Julie's titles, draws on the well-known myth of Pandora's Box, and has been widely praised.

Julie lives in Oxfordshire where she writes full time (most mornings anyway) in a pink and green office in her garden.

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Readers should simply give way to a good story expertly told from a writer who is herself happily unclassifiable. (The Independent)

The strength of this novel lies in its gently comic portrayal of characters seeking escape from the conventions and pretensions of pre-war Kensington life. There's a rich vein of social and political material to be found here; readers will also appreciate the hint of irony to be found in the characters' self-absorbed responses to momentous historical events. (The Guardian)

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From suffragettes to slavery - a stunning novel from an outstanding writer.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hazel 23 Jan 2009
Julie Hearn's writing is unfailingly imaginative, engaging and utterly absorbing.Hazel is the granddaughter of the heroine of Ivy. This novel is a must for fans of that story, but works equally well as a stand-alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars surprising book 7 July 2013
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Only bought this book because I too am called Hazel. I started to read it and wasn't too sure but I soon became engrossed in the story of the little girl who has everything and then begins to dabble in the suffragette movement. Unfortunately things backfire and she is sent to Jamaica to her grandparents to learn to be a lady and is intrigued by the black people there and makes friends with some of them and learns about the horrible past of slavery. It is a very very good book and well written too, Thoroughly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very different read 27 Jun 2013
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It is a good book with a story that keeps interest. It is a book which I enjoyed, and would pass on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read 15 July 2013
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Wasn't quite expecting such a gripping tale.! It was a good holiday read and kept me wanting to see what happened next!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 25 Jun 2008
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I can't understand the less than glowing reviews for this book. I've just finished it and really loved it. I've just read two rather badly-written teen novels and what a contrast Hazel is! Julie Hearn always writes brilliantly. The prose flows effortlessly and is a pleasure to read. The beginning of the book is also very funny and really made me laugh. Hazel is indeed a spoiled child, but she's very much the product of her time. She has been pampered and protected and not even allowed to read the paper in case she hears something unsuitable for the delicate female sensibilities. Her teachers are wonderful minor characters, showing how this kind of upbringing works. Hazel's tale is about growing up and discovering how the world really is. I thought it was beautifully done and enjoyed every word of it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Teen Suffragette 6 Dec 2007
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This is Ivy: the Next Generation. Ivy now has a daughter called Hazel (apparently her father thought it would be a good thing to continue the tradition of tree names in the family). Maurice Mull-Dare is a gambler and he loses quite a lot of money on the King's horse as a Suffragette throws herself under the horses hooves. This throws him into an unspecified crisis that has him hospitalised. Hazel is in school, it's a school for young ladies and this is 1913, just before the war and England is still a very Victorian country.

Hazel thinks that the Sufragettes have a point and is egged on by one of her classmates and gets herself into trouble. This trouble lands her in the Carribean, in the hands of her grandparents. As she spends the summer spending her mornings learning about being a lady and her afternoons exploring the neighbourhood. She finds out some things about her family and about slavery, things that aren't very comfortable, and she grows with the knowledge.

I found it an interesting read, on some levels a compelling read but on other levels I felt that the message overwhelmed the story, enough that while it's not a poor 3* I couldn't justify giving it 4*. Nearly there though, if it was a first novel I would have forgiven it some of it's flaws but it isn't.
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