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Run away Home. Hardcover – 1953

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Viking Press,; First Edition edition (1953)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067061047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670610471
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,224,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elinor Bruce Lyon (17 August 1921 - 28 May 2008) was an English children's author. From 1948 to 1976 Lyon wrote over twenty books for children, which had some success on both sides of the Atlantic. Lyon began The House in Hiding, for example, after reading Swallows and Amazons, because she disliked the characters within it (they were too good at everything).[9] In response, the children in The House in Hiding get things wrong, but still manage to succeed eventually. The development was pinpointed in an obituary by Julia Eccleshare: "Lyon's adventures, with their strong girls and sensitive boys and shared leadership between the sexes, were firmly within the Arthur Ransome tradition, yet felt more modern, more thoughtful about how children's behaviour is affected by what they experience, especially the way they are treated by adults. Within the adventures, her intention was to show the themes that she felt children cared about: justice, freedom and compassion."[10] The main characters, Ian and Sovra (pronounced with a long "o",[11] from sóbhrach, meaning primrose in Gaelic), son and daughter of a local doctor, appear in a series of stories recognizably set in the Ardnish Peninsula, near Arisaig, Scotland. However, Lyon as a children's novelist escaped almost all critical attention during her thirty-year writing career. As one later scholar remarked, "Elinor Lyon, whose series of novels about Ian and Sovra - set in the Scottish Highlands - have something of the character of William Mayne's early fiction, is not mentioned in any of the standard works."[15] Still, the dust jacket of the 1967 American edition of Echo Valley quotes The Times Literary Supplement as calling her "a writer to remember and look for."

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By Older Mom on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I got this out of my school library when I was about ten and remember sitting reading it and indulging in the fantasy that I was also "really" somebody else and could run away home to my real world and my real family. The book was a revelation to me, provided many happy hours of daydreaming, and as an adult I re-read it for the pleasure of seeing how a memory surfaces, seems to slide away, then returns to become the guiding light to finding one's real identity. There's a sequel, Cathie Runs Wild, which is alas out of print. I wonder if there are other Cathie books?
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By ned on 27 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
When I first bought this book, I read it once.... then immediately read it again... there are not too many books which I enjoy so much that I want to read them many times, but this is one. The story hangs together so well, and builds up to the ending, although I think that perhaps the descriptions of the lovely scenery in Scotland is part of the attraction!
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I last read this book when aged 11. I found it as vibrant and as exciting but it took me years to remember its title. I am now aged 63!
I found it on Amazon as it had been reprinted recently.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wright on 26 Jun. 2009
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"Run Away Home" has the most moving ending of any book I know.
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My personal favorite of the Ian and Sovra books 1 Mar. 2015
By ROSIE - Published on Amazon.com
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My personal favorite of the Ian and Sovra books. I read this years ago, and could never find the book again. Finally it popped up like magic during an Amazon title search. Now I have ordered a copy of every Elinor Lyon children's book that I could find. They are all entertaining and well written. Now that I am retired, I am enjoying the pursuit of really important things -- like finding a few childhood favorites to read again!
Run Away Home 6 Mar. 2012
By Jayne Munch - Published on Amazon.com
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Run Away Home is a delightful book. I discovered it when I was a kid and read it over and over and over. I snitched my Dad's map of Great Britain and traced as much of Cathie's journey as I could with yarn and pins. This book has been very hard to get, so I was ecstatic when I found they had reprinted it and I could get it through Amazon. A terrific tale of memories, friendship and family.
Wonderful story. 19 Feb. 2013
By Barbara Castleton - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this as a child and have wanted to revisit it since. Intrepid kids are always interesting, and these three, traveling on their own, camping on an island on a loch, and trekking across miles of empty gorse bushes, almost rival Huck Finn.
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