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The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose [Hardcover]

Mary Hooper
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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31 Oct 2006
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, and 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.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (31 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582348545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582348544
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,158,611 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. Mary's brilliant historical novels, At the House of the Magician, By Royal Command, At the Sign of the Sugared Plum, Petals in the Ashes and The Extraordinary Life and Times of Eliza Rose have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers. Mary is very much in demand for her events at literary festivals and schools. She lives in England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Mary Hooper 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 28 Aug 2009
A Kid's Review
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book 14 Jun 2009
A Kid's Review
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One to be re-read! 26 Feb 2009
By Liffey
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top five books! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for primary pupils 20 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ordered this hoping to use it in Guided Reading as we cover this period of history in Year 5 and thought this would help with empathy. Rather too many references to courtesans using words that would create uproar from parents and Governors so no good for that!! Great read for early secondary pupils though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eliza Rose Reviewed 9 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza RoseFrom the Prologue to the end as usual books by Mary Hooper grip you from start to finish and you cannot wait to turn the page (even on a kindle). Well written, exciting and with some amazing twists and turns this book is one you cannot put down, unless you need to eat or drink.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the remarkable life and times of Eliza Rose 16 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
My daughter brought home a book from school, which was Mary Hoopers Velvet. I picked it up and could not put it down, loved it so I brought this book and the same, brilliant i've also just finished reading News from the dead. Again could not put it down, my daughter is getting me another Mary Hooper book for mothers day carnt wait! Well done Mary Hooper.
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