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The Battle for Gullywith Hardcover – 7 Apr 2008


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First ediiton edition (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747594023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747594024
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Hill is a prize-winning novelist, having been awarded the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the bestselling sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and became a great success in the West End. Her books include a collection of exquisite short stories, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.

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`A compelling and spellbinding adventure'
-- Family Interest magazine

About the Author

Susan Hill is the acclaimed and bestselling author of The Woman in Black. She has written 36 books, including a number for younger readers. Can It Be True was a Smarties Prize category winner. She has two adult daughters and lives in a farmhouse in Gloucestershire with her husband and three Border Terriers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Hulme on 27 May 2008
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I loved this book! Of course, with an author like Susan Hill, you know you're in for a 'good read' and her writing skills are second to none. The adventures of Ollie Brown and his friend KK really kept me on the edge of my seat - a real page-turner! The setting - steep fells and misty forests - is so atmospheric; and I particularly loved the little bookshop with its strange bookseller. There's magic enough for anyone - the character of Nonny Dreever, a gypsy/wood-spirit/enchanter, is brilliantly done. It reminded me (NOT because it copies: 'Gullywith' is totally original) of The Box of Delights by John Masefield, a book I've known and loved since I was a child. Go on - read it, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed! I hope Ms Hill turns this into a series, as I really need another 'tortoise fix'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 30 Jan. 2009
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This was originally going to be a book for my little brother and sister (once I had read it to check it was suitable, not that I wanted to read it myself of course) however somehow I doubt it's going to ever go in the post and I will just have to buy another copy for them.

This is the tale of Olly Brown a boy who is forced to move from his London home to the middle of nowhere (the Lake District) and onto Gullywith Farm. He hates it, he hates the weather, he hates the house, and he hates the creepy stones that seem to be appearing everywhere. When Olly meets KK, a girl who lives nearby, she tells him that many people feel like he does about the house and that very few ever go there, Gullywith it seems has many secrets. In the space of a summer Olly finds himself on an adventure that involves a wonderful bookshop (I wanted it to be real), bats, caves, evil stones, a stone King, the mysterious slightly crazy Nonny Dreever and some very clever tortoises.

I think I empathised with this book in particular as I moved around a lot as a kid and could understand the annoyance and hatred whenever I was moved. I didn't get to know the characters as well as I would have liked in particular KK's family as she was so curious and I wanted to know more. However Susan Hill has announced that she will now be writing a sequel and so I am sure I'll read that and get to know them much better.

If your not a fan of adults reading kids books then I don't think this review or book with really convert you, if you embrace the reading of young adult fiction then this is a highly enjoyable book that you should be adding to your shelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Finlayson on 21 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is my nine year old grandson's review: 'A spectacular story about a boy called Olly Brown from London who moves to an old house called Gullywith.But strange things are happening.What do the stones with strange markings on mean?Can the Tortoises help?
The battle for Gullywith enchanted me so much I didn't want to put it down.In every chapter there is excitement and adventure impending.Something amazing and unexpected will come in every chapter.'
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By Josa Young on 26 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Tolly aged 9: 'It was really exciting, and I thought that KK was really cool because she knows how to do amazing things and the story is really unusual. I loved the bats that were so sweet, and the frog that blinked.' This is an unusual children's novel, my son loved it and constantly wanted more to be read to him than we had time for. It is a kind of children's version of those books about an urban family that moves to the country and regrets it, with shades of The Money Pit, and up to date touches like thoroughly efficient Polish builders. The stone cold baddies are really odd and disconcerting, and the sunken castle evocative. Perfect for anyone looking for something to read to both boys and girls that has the quality of books we had as children, rather like Alan Garner's stories.
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