Eve Karpf reads veteran children's author Jacqueline Wilson
's The Lottie Project
in this unabridged three-cassette pack. This is the story of Charlie, a bright and happy young girl on the brink of change, told with a brilliant combination of comedy, poignancy and a touch of history.
For her Victorian history project, Charlie hits upon the idea of writing the diary of Lottie, a young Victorian serving girl. When her mother, Jo, loses her job as a shop manageress and starts work as a cleaner, Charlie's previously happy and comfortable lifestyle is threatened and she finds that her own hardships and struggles are not so different from Lottie's.
The Lottie Project is at once entertaining and intelligent. By eloquently capturing Charlie's anxiety as she faces up to her new and uncertain future, Wilson's talent for taking an important topic and treating it with respect and humour as she pushes her characters forward is again harnessed in this touching, human story.
Running time is four hours 40 minutes. --Susan Harrison
"Wilson deserves her popularity - even the most resistant page-turner would find this difficult to put down" The Sunday Times "The trick of writing as a child is not easy to pull off, but Wilson does it triumphantly" Independent on Sunday "Her latest vivid, superbly observed story of real life" The Times "A touching tale ... Written in a first-person voice of disarming honesty, the book rings true through all its many layers" Guardian "Jacqueline Wilson's clever interweaving of the modern and Victorian story lines makes this book especially satisfying. Nick Sharratt's delightful line drawings help to make the text accessible to a very wide range of readers, who will find this first rate novel both intuitive and humorous" Carousel