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The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose Hardcover – 31 Oct 2006


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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (31 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582348545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582348544
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,589,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Hooper has been writing books for nearly thirty years. And before that she was writing short stories. Her early books about a pregnant teenager: MEGAN, are still very popular, one teacher calling the three books a "rite of passage".

Over the last five or so years she has been writing nothing but historical fiction, mostly for young adults, although NEWES FROM THE DEAD was actually written for an adult audience. This book has won several awards, including both the Hull and the Stockport Book Awards. The historian and novelist Alison Weir said that NEWES was "Stunning!" There are even plans to turn it into a musical, though if you know the content of the book you'll conclude that it would be a very unusual one.

Mary's book set in a Victorian undertaker's is called FALLEN GRACE and comes out in the UK in June 2010 and in the US a little later. Lucy Mangan, Guardian columnist, called it "Bloody Marvellous!" Her latest book is called VELVET and is about a 19th century medium. THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY is Mary's first Regency novel and will be published in May 2013.

Mary has a fan page on Facebook and her own website.

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From the Back Cover

An atmospheric historical novel that follows in the footsteps of
'At the Sign of the Sugared Plum' and 'Petals in the Ashes'
Eliza is ousted by her new stepmother from her family and finally makes her
way to London - only to be thrown straight into prison for stealing a
mouthful of bread. At this point Eliza's life takes some remarkable twists
as she learns to survive the sordid prison life, is rescued by a woman she
has never met before pretending to be her aunt - but for what exactly? -
and befriends Nell Gwynn who introduces her to the courtly intrigue,
politics and glamour of the court of King Charles. And then Eliza finds out
about her true background....
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Hooper is a very popular writer for children and young adults. Her brilliant historical novels have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers. At The Sign of the Sugared Plum was selected as part of the 2010 Booked Up scheme and Fallen Grace has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011. Mary lives in Henley-on-Thames.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By curlytot on 21 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I disagree with the previous reviewers comments about the end of this book not being complete, I feel that it just left me wanting more - which is what a good book is all about isn't it? In my opinion this is Mary Hooper's best book to date. As the saying goes, "I couldn't put it down"! I found myself lost in the trials and tribulations of Eliza's life, and it always makes such a refreshing change to read something about the way life used to be, instead of the angst of the modern day teenager. More please, Mary!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 28 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
London, 1670, Fifteen year old Eliza Rose is thrown into prison for stealing a pasty. She is rescued by a brash scrubby women known as Old Ma Gwyn, but her relief soon turns to horror when she discovers what her new benefactress has in mind for her. Eliza has come to the city to find her father and a place to call home but fate seems to be conspiring against her.

From Orange selller, to ladysmaid and highwaymans moll, she will take on many guises, btu will she find out what she yearns to know- where she truly belongs?

This was a very enjoyable book, with an excellent story line, I would have never guessed what would have happened if I didnt read ahead (bad habit of mine). Mary Hooper is an excelletn author. For once Iam going to talk about the cover: it so pretty! I think it us a bit vague 'coz the girl has brown hair instead of black
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Eliza's story is a fictionalised tale told through the third person, which allowed me to also get to know the other characters in the book besides herself. I found her plights and struggles in the unfamiliar and harsh world of Elizabethan London easy to relate to and credible. Her story was quite fast paced and full of twists and turns in Eliza's life that took me by surprise and through all of this, we get to meet a large cast of characters. Some of these characters were real such as Nell Gywn, the famous mistress of King Charles who is known for her charming wit and beauty. I found Nell particularly interesting because of the unstable life that she led and her carefree take on the world, I think she is a character than needs to be explored more in historical books. She also brought some light hearted humour to the book that was a great contrast against some of the darker themes running through the book.
Mary Hooper writes exceptionally well and through her vivid description of Elizabethan London, a sense of being back in that era was created and I love how the darker side of society was also shown so as to be realistic without being too explicit.
The only thing that I was let down by was the ending as although I didn't mind the fact that it was 'fairy tale' like and fairly predictable, I found that I was left wanting to find out how the other characters reacted to the ending so that it felt more complete. Having said that, it leaves brilliant scope for a sequel and I hope that Mary Hooper will eventually write one.

The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose definitely earns its title and transports you back to Elizabethan London through realistic depictions on a journey with a kind and beautiful protagonist who is trying to find her place in the world. This beautiful fairy- tale like story with a hint of sweet romance will definitely take you on an adventure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liffey on 26 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This fantastic book can be read over and over again! It is filled with romance, hard-ship of life in the reign of Charles II but also the up-sides with touches of humuor thrown in for good measure! Featuring the lovable character of Eliza Rose and her numerous jobs, 'a mermaid', a highway man's moll and an innocent orange seller. Even Nell Gwyn herself plays a vital role in Eliza's life and becomes her best friend and even Charles II makes his appearances! This book is charming with a heart warming ending! A thoroughly great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is just phenomonal. It portrayes a perfect picture of 17th Century London, with a gripping storyline, following 15 yr old Eliza Rose who is on a mission to find her real parents. Mary Hooper is definately my favourite author by far. She is a very diverse author. Other books of hers to check out are: Megan 1.2.3, Amy, Holly, At the sign of the sugar plum and petals in the ashes.
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this a most enjoyable read, though the style of writing was a little 'clumsy' in places, and somehow not all the sentences seemed to 'flow' like most books I read; sometimes the sentences would go on a little longer after I thought they'd ended, or a comma would suddenly appear when I felt a full stop might be appropriate. However, that aside; I am always puzzled as to why these types of books should fall into a category called the 'young adults' section. This was very readable, and is clearly about scenarios that are adult topics - whether they be young or old, and this is about the third novel I have read in this genre. OK, so it was rather 'tame', but does that necessarily mean that only a 'younger' adult would be interested in it? In fact, I would have thought more likely the reverse - if indeed this is the reason they list them for 'young adults'... I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes historical fiction with a few people who have really existed thrown in for good measure!

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Rabey on 15 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am 14 and I was advised to read this book and was a bit apprehensive as I had not read a historical book before, this book is a gripping read and I could not put it down, I found that the book is well written and the story line is very good, overall I would definatley read it again.
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