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5.0 out of 5 stars The doors of time, 2 Dec 2008
This review is from: A Traveller in Time (Paperback)
This is probably one of the first "time slip" books written for children and was itself first published nearly 70 years ago. It is the story of Penelope, a girl from the early 20th century with "too much imagination" who is sent to stay with her great-aunt in an ancient Derbyshire manor house. Penelope finds herself slipping back in time via doors in the house, to join the inhabitants of the 1580s, the time of Elizabeth 1st and Mary Queen of Scots.

"A Traveller in Time" is a wonderful, almost perfect book. There are the beautiful descriptions of the English countryside through all the seasons, so well-written that you can almost smell the hay or the honeysuckle. There are the well-drawn characters and authentic language of country folk across the centuries. There is the exciting and historically accurate plot: Penelope becomes involved with the Babington family - Anthony Babington was executed for treason and conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. And there is the philosophical question of the nature of time itself.

All these elements are beautifully woven together in a satisfying book which stays with you long after you have finished it. Highly recommended to children from nine or ten upwards and to adults who welcome a change from today's bestseller list.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2011 10:10:05 GMT
I thoroughly agree with your opinions of this book. It was the most subtle, elegant time travel book I have read (or written) and it was, as you stated, almost perfect.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 14:42:38 GMT
Secret Spi says:
I'm glad it's inspired you to write your own book. Thanks for commenting.

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 13:48:38 BDT
Arachne202 says:
Just to be a pedant, E. Nesbit was writing "timeslip" books for children thirty years earlier. "The Story of the Amulet" comes most strongly to mind, and there are a few more that I haven't read yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 18:16:18 BDT
Secret Spi says:
You're right - and thanks for reminding me about E.Nesbit's stories - must re-read them. I enjoyed "The Children's Book" by A.S.Byatt which is based on E.Nesbit, I believe.

Posted on 29 Aug 2012 11:06:10 BDT
Arachne202 says:
Yay! I'm reading "The Children's Book" at the moment. Don't spoil the ending!
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