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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405239557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405239554
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Hampshire of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian Surname! Michelle Spent her toddler years in Singapore and two-and-a-half years (aged 7-9) in Australia. In between times, up to the age of eighteen, she lived in Portsmouth.

She was educated at Kilbreda college, Mentone (Victoria, Australia) and the Covent of the Cross, Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Michelle trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of speech and drama in Kent from 1968to 1969. It was while there that she started writing regulary.

From 1969-1970 she was a mime student at Marcel Marceau's L'Ecole International de Mime in Paris. Since then Michelle has worked in theatre, television and films and has an established reputation as a comedienne, performing in plays and musicals. Michelle also toured with her one woman mime show in Italy and England.

Michelle's first novel Goodnight Mister Tom grew out of two short stories. She wrote the book in between acting jobs and on Sunday when she was working in the theatre. Goodnight Mister Tom was first published in the UK in 1981 it has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for full list of awards please see Bibliography). The book has sold in excess of 1.2 MILLION copies in the UK alone and has been published in Denmark, USA, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Finland, France and Germany. The 1998 BAFTA award-winning TV film of the book starring John Thaw attracted 14 MILLION viewers.

Just Henry is Michelle's first novel in over 10 years. In this gripping mystery-thriller, the story of a boy struggling to understand his identity, is beautifully woven with a vivid picture of the social prejudices, culture and atmosphere of late 1940s Britain.
Since publishing in May 2008 it has won the Children's Book category for the Costa Book Award, shortlisted for the Lancashire Children's book award, shortlisted for the Essex Children's Book award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

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"'The author has a wonderful gift for hanging a richly woven tapestry around an essentially simple frame.' Times Education Supplement."

About the Author

Michelle Magorian was born in 1947 and has lived and studied all over the world.  She studied at Marcel Marcheau’s L’ecole International de Mime in Paris and has worked in theatre, television and films ever since.

 

Her award-winning first novel, Goodnight, Mr Tom has been translated into eleven languages, adapted for stage and radio and a BAFTA award winning TV film, starring the late John Thaw.    Michelle’s extensive list of awards includes the Costa Prize and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
Rose is 17 years old. She lives in the shadow of her beautiful, older sister Diana, and is sure that nobody ever will love her.
The year is 1943, and the war has left it's mark on the sleepy, little village where the two sisters have been evacuated to get away from the destructions of war. For the first time in they're lives they have been left all to themselves.
For both girls this will be the summer that makes them discover new sides of themselves. Now they have to take responsibility for they're own lives, with all the challanges and all the resitance they may contain.
Rose is a vulnerable and poetic soul, who most of all wants to be a writer. When she discovers that the house they live in hides a tragic lovestory that found place during the last worldwar, her dreams and immagination gets nurture. But the story does'nt really come to life before Rose finds love herself.
I love this book, I've read it six times. I don't seem to get tired of it either. Every time I read it, I sort of discover new things about how they all are, what colour of hair one of them has, what kind of clothes he wore to the dance, a clearer picture of where the church was in proportion to the bookstore or Mrs. Clarences house...
You probably won't understand much from the last things I wrote if you haven't read the book before, but I really loved this story, and if you like a little love story, I know you will like A Little Love Song...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct 1998
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This book was one of the best books I have ever read! Michelle Magorian, explores deeply into the life of one girl, Rose. She makes a somewhat beautiful character, full of life and energy. This is a gripping book and I couldn't put it down for one moment. Michelle makes every character come alive and she shows the differences brilliantly between Rose and her sister. I really enjoyed 'A cuckoo in the nest' and 'Goodnight Mister Tom' by Michelle Magorian also. She is an excellent writer and seems to make the books come alive with power. The male's that come into Rose's life are somewhat different, and I find that Michelle points out these differences in the most tremendous ways. A very good read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2002
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This book is fantastic.Once i started reading it i couldnt stop until i came to the end.
It is about two sisters who are evacuated to a small village during the second world war.During their new found independence they find who they really are and, eventually, love.
I really enjoyed this book.Michelle Magorian is an absoloutly fantastic writer, she makes her characters so believable and true to life that her books grip you from start to finish. Another of her books that i really enjoyed was Back Home which is also set in the second world war.
A must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By theclosedcircle on 10 Feb 2007
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I have just read this book for what must be about the tenth time now, yet again on a dark and wet Sunday afternoon, yet again in a single sitting. I can never put it down once I've picked it up. I recently turned 18, just like Rose does in the book, and I associate with her 'coming of age' love story more now than I ever have.

I googled Michelle Magorian to try and find some more info and reviews on this book and was shocked to find how little there was out there, which can only lead me to think it was seriously overlooked when it was published.

This is probably because of the outstanding success of 'Goodnight Mr. Tom' her first novel, which is aimed at younger readers; 'A Little Love Song' is more mature and, in comaparison to 'GMT', deals with more 'grown-up issues'.

You can read a synopsis of the plot so I won't bore anyone by repeating details. What I will say is that it's beautifully written, all characters (but particularly Rose and Alec) are deftly drawn, and despite some other people on here saying events are predictable, I certainly had not guessed the book's final surprise, and was hugely satisfied with the conclusion.

One of my favourite books of all time. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2000
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This story is about a young girl called Rose who is evacuated to a quiet sea-side town in the second World war. I picked up this book in the book store as I liked War stories, but this one was so much better than your usual run of the mill war book. I loved this book, because the characters were so realistic in my mind and I could relate to them easily. I read this book in two days as I couldn't put it down. It still remains one of my favourite books, even though I read it several years ago. I would definatly recomend it as it always cheers me up when I'm feeling sad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun 2002
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I have loved the work of Michelle Magorian since I first read a book of hers in 1999.
This book is about a public school girl, Rose, who is evacuated to a sea-side village with her sister Diana. Rose makes friends witha boy of her age, Derry, and for the first time feels free. She then finds the diary of 'Mad Hilda' and begins to really think about her life and her future.
It was one of the best Magorian books I've read and if you like this then read:
1.Back Home
2.Goodnight Mister Tom (My Favourite)
3.A spoonful of Jam (My other Favourite)
4.A cuckoo in the nest
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