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The Secret Passage [Paperback]

Nina Bawden
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21 Aug 2008

Lonely and forlorn after their mother's death and their sudden arrival at Aunt Mabel's seaside boarding-house, John, Mary and Ben Mallory are unimpressed with their new life in England. But there are wonderful surprises in store for them when they discover a secret way into the grand and empty house next door. Soon all sorts of unexpected events will unfold as the siblings encounter a whole host of eccentric characters and happenings.

Completed in 1963, The Secret Passage is Nina Bawden's first children's novel and was written especially for her own three children after they had discovered a secret passage in the cellar of their house. It beautifully reflects her own inquisitive nature - as she herself has said: 'I was a keyhole child, fearsomely curious' - wedded to her subtly innovative ability to empathise with the child's view.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (21 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571244408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571244409
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nina Bawden is one of the most admired and engaging writers of fiction for children and has written more than fifty books. Born in 1925, she was educated at Oxford and completed her first novel the year after gaining her degree. She is the author of such classics as Carrie's War and The Peppermint Pig, and has won the Guardian Fiction Award and the Phoenix Award as well as being commended for the Carnegie Medal. Described by the Daily Telegraph as 'without question one of the very best writers for children', she divides her time between London and Nauplion in Greece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet 'old world' sort of book 13 Aug 2014
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After re-reading one of Nina Bawden's book for adults ("Circles of Deceit") I was curious to read something else written by her and the title and brief summary of this book appealed to me. It is a very sweet book with very vivid settings that is narrated in an engaging form, has a proper rounded ending and enough to keep you interested in between. It has an old sort of charm and I particularly enjoyed the way the perspectives changed. The reader was shown both sides of an 'argument' and you see all the various characters in the way they interact directly but also find out about them through other people's stories and perceptions. It would be unhelpful to give away too much of the plot here but this the right sort of book to curl up with on a sofa and read on a rainy day. It is a comforting read and leaves you with pictures of Africa, an English town by the sea and the interior of various rather interesting rooms in the different houses of the story. I enjoyed reading it and intend to pass on a copy to someone else who might enjoy it too quite soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Passage 28 Feb 2014
By lismore
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A very interesting and pacey book which captured you from the very first page. The action continues throughout the book until the end page, An altogether great read by an exceptional children's author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 8 May 2013
By Clare
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I would definately recommend this book. Nina Bawden writes excellent older children's books. I read this when i was smaller and loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the secret passage 25 Mar 2006
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i liked this book because it was an adventorous and full of exciting events happening in it
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