Ferryman Paperback – 1 Mar 2013
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'...touching, often funny and sometimes harrowing...The 39 Steps crossed with The Lord of the Rings.' --The Guardian
Winner for the YA category of the Scottish Children's Book Awards Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2014 Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2013 --Scottish book trust - Branford Boase - Coventry Awards
'McFall's ability to imagine and create is unmatchable.' --The Guardian children's reader review on 'Bombmaker'
About the Author
Claire McFall's work is, in essence, all about first love and difficult decisions. Her novels take straightforward romantic narratives and hurl them into unusual and extreme settings, blurring accepted genre boundaries and creating new sub-genres of her own. She then charts her characters' reactions to these unfamiliar situations and the new and confusing feelings that beset them in a hyper-real, engaging, deeply poignant and literary manner. Claire is a teacher and lives in the Scottish Borders with her husband and she currently working on her next novel for Templar Fiction.
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I wanted to read Ferryman from the moment I first heard about it, I was incredibly intrigued by the concept for the story and curious to see how it would play out. It's hard to say too much about the story because it would be easy to give things away but I found the world that Claire McFall has created was really interesting and I was kept hooked because I wanted to see how things would play out for Dylan and Tristan. The writing style is beautiful and descriptive but it took me a while to get used to the way the perspective would change from one paragraph to the next. It felt like I spent quite a lot of time backtracking as I tried to make sense of things and that did throw me out of the story more than once.
Although I found the world interesting I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of either of the main characters. I never really felt that we got to know Tristan well enough to understand Dylan's fascination with him, in the beginning he pretty much ignores her or is rude to her and although he opens up later on I just never felt that connected to the relationship between them.Read more ›
I think the most inspiring thing about this book is the fact that the entire novel is surrounding only two characters. It is their journey that we see but there is literally very little interference from other characters and this could have caused the book to become boring very easy on but instead this just helped to make the book feel more intense and, when all was said and done, I still wasn't ready to let the characters go. The story itself was action-filled, with so many moments that get your heart-racing and your blood-pumping that you can't help but keep turning the pages to know exactly what will happen next. It is clear that Claire McFall knows how to create tension and she does so without the reader even realising that they're holding their breath until they let it all out when the danger has passed.Read more ›
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Excellent book, my boy loves it, buy another one for friend's kidPublished 7 months ago by Music nebula
I thought that this book at parts a bit intense but overall i really enjoyed this brilliant book by claire mcfallPublished 22 months ago by dylan ponting
Not at all what I was expecting. Most unusual and very engaging. Food for thought? Recommend if your looking for something differentPublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by Mrs. L. R. Scott
i ordered this book for my daughter who is 14, she read it and said it was great, I might add that this was recommended by her class friends.Published on 13 Jun. 2014 by Carol
I hated this. I've taken to reading some of the books my kids are working towards (for their light reading combined with good stories), but this one I've put on the adult shelf to... Read morePublished on 16 May 2014 by Oligan
Initially quite good.....however the whole plot for me lost traction in the second half and the ending was a major let down....however perhaps allows an opportunity for a sequel.Published on 4 May 2014 by M. Joyce
I wasn't sure about this but as it had won a literary prize I thought it was definitely worth a read.
I enjoyed it so much and was captivated by the storyline. Read more
Heard of this book on local TV. Enjoyed the story, if a little spooky in places. Would tell some friends to read it.Published on 30 Mar. 2014 by Mrs A B M Wright