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The Boat in the Bay [Paperback]

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2 April 2010
" his starboard bow clouds of spray were flying over the cabin of the boat in the bay, tethered to her unseen mooring. White water was smashing against her hull. A faint vibrating sound rumbled towards him across the lake. Something was wrong, he was sure of that, but he could not work out what and there was no time now to go and look..." It is July 1929. Four children arrive for a sailing holiday to find their cottage locked up, the lake flooded, and their little yacht inaccessible. The holiday seems over before it had begun. But they had not counted on the ingenuity of their friend Elizabeth... The story builds to a thrilling climax as the children eventually discover the secret of the old boat moored in the bay and discover many things about themselves at the same time. A book about a time when children roamed the earth. For the younger reader and for older people who remember a simpler and more honest world, now gone for ever.

Product details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Lasserrade Press (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956469604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956469601
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was trained as a psychologist and have worked in Australia, the UK and France. If you want to know more about my psychology, look me up in Wikipedia. I am the less famous Alan Kennedy - the other one played for Liverpool.

I live in the South West of France and divide my time between academic psychology and writing fiction. My first three novels are meant to be read as adventure stories - the sort that appeal to children from the age of seven to seventy. They examine the lives of a group of children "trapped in amber" over a period of a few golden months. A series of novels is now in progress treating the same characters as adults after a lapse of many years. What became of them? Did they turn out as you expected - or not? The first is the novel "Lucy". It is aimed at an adult readership, set mostly in wartime France. The book works perfectly well on its own but there are secret advantages for readers who have read "The Pink House" beforehand.

Here are pictures of the author. There is also a picture of Caesar posing in his red winter coat. Caesar crops up in some books, occasionally disguised as "Rex". Alas, he died some time ago. Following the advice of Gertrude Stein concerning her dog "Basket", there is now a Caesar II - shown in the rose garden and also taking his first look outside.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating depiction of childhood 12 Oct 2010
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A group of young friends are on holiday beside a lake. They find themselves cut off from the adult world by rain and floods, and must learn to fend for themselves. Superbly written, with a wonderful depiction of children and childhood, to say that this book is in some ways a cross between an Arthur Ransome novel and an optimistic "Lord of the flies" doesn't do its originality justice. It's suitable for older children, teenagers, and adults. I look forward to the promised sequel. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Read 17 Mar 2013
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This is a fantastic read that will remind you of the excitement you had as a child reading adventure books. First in a series of books by the author, it has a classic feel similar to The Chronicles of Narnia, Jim Button or Momo, while giving readers real insight into what life was like for children growing up during the period between two world wars. Nostalgic yet realistic, the book can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
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