Alice in Love and War Paperback – 7 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Ann Turnbull has written numerous picture books and stories for children but is best known for her novels, which include House of Ghosts (9781406309638), No Shame, No Fear (9780744590906), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award as well as the Guardian Fiction Prize, its sequel, Forged in the Fire (9781844289356), and Pigeon Summer (9781844281398), which was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. Ann lives in Shropshire with her family.
Top Customer Reviews
It's been a very long wait for this new teen novel from Ann Turnbull, and I've really been looking forward to reading it. It didn't disappoint. It's a satisfying read, with an exciting story line and a real picture of what it must have been like to be caught up in the civil war.
The story probably isn't suitable for pre-teens due to the sexual content (tastefully handled, I hasten to add) but apart from that, anyone who enjoys an accesible historical tale with adventure and love will really enjoy this. It's beautifully written and brilliantly researched with a wealth of historical detail which never intrudes on the story.
I found each of the two love affairs, with such different men, completely convincing - and yet I was also convinced by the decision of the older woman, Christian, to choose a marriage of convenience. I didn't know a great deal about the Civil War, but 'Alice' brought it to life for me. And the part where Alice takes on another woman's baby is wonderfully written, deeply moving.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really brings history to life and it felt like falling into Alice's Civil War world when reading it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by anniebonnie98
This novel about the turbulent life of a young woman, caught up in the English Civil War is a satisfying and absorbing read, in spite of the horrors which Ann Turnbull doesn't... Read morePublished on 1 April 2010 by Frances Ann
This is a marvellous book, beautifully written and paced - we follow young Alice the heroine through a journey across Civil-War-torn seventeenth century England: romance, drama, a... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2010 by Troll woman