- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (24 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408830221
- ISBN-13: 978-1408830222
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 2 x 18.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Coronation Hardcover – 24 May 2012
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It is almost impossible not to succumb to Gallico's spell (Times Literary Supplement)
Beautifully written, as you'd expect from the author of the Snow Goose, it's a wonderful evocation of that special day in the life of so many Britons (Choice Magazine)
Published to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
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This ia a short and pleasant story of a family's big trip, after sacrificing their annual holiday to Morecambe for a treat of a lifetime. I enjoyed the characterisations and felt the family's excitement with them, and also the plummeting of their spirits later in the story. Happily, the book ends on a nice note. I think it really sums up the patriotism of the era and reminds us that things weren't always handed to us on a plate.
It's Coronation Day and Will Clagg has managed to acquire five tickets to watch the royal procession in one of the best places to view it. The expense of this trip means the family will have to forgo their annual holiday, but the thrill and excitement of being in London for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, will be something to remember.
The day doesn't work out quite as expected, but despite all the mishaps and disappointments the day is certainly memorable and each family member feels some satisfaction by the end of the day.
This was a lovely short story with a feel-good ending. I enjoyed it a lot.
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This is the story of an ordinary family who go to London for a once-in-a-life-time event, but the event they get is not the one that they anticipate. The writing is simple and easy to read. This is a reasonably short story at 128 pages that is quickly read but leaves you with a good feeling at the end. If you are after a quick read that is not padded out or pretentious and has a realistic feeling for the event it revolves around then this is a good book to pick up.