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The Green Bronze Mirror Paperback – Illustrated, 5 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: CnPosner Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956347509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956347503
  • Package Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A highly imaginative fifteen-year-old, Karen is taking a lonely walk on the beach during her family s visit to the coast in England. She happens upon a mirror that transports her back nearly 2,000 years to Roman occupied Britain. Perhaps foolishly, she makes her presence known to a group of soldiers in an attempt to make sense of the situation, and as a result she ends up a slave. Passed through many hands and making friends along the way, Karen eventually finds herself a house-slave belonging to an upper class family in Rome. There she witnesses many sights, events and personages she had read about back in her twentieth century life. While settling into her new position, not unhappy with her plight, she continually ponders ways of returning to her own family and time period. Something the reader must keep in mind when critiquing this book is that it was written by a then fourteen-year-old. Considering this, the writing style is very mature and quite above standard. Why it was not edited or improved by the author in the later years I am not sure, but thinking back to my own adolescent writing I believe it would be a more nostalgic path to allow the writing to remain unedited and intact. The Green Bronze Mirror is a fun and adventurous read for anyone interested in the history of Ancient Rome. The author s knowledge and love of horses is very apparent in the writing, as are her religious beliefs, as Christianity is touched upon in a most fervent manner later in the book to coincide with the acts of the Emperor Nero and the burning of Rome. While there are many things in the book that could be questioned as to the plausibility such as Karen s abnormally accommodating and accepting disposition, the unlikely attitudes of others or situations that fall a little too neatly into place the validity of the historical facts is accurate as far as my knowledge of the time period allows. --Arleigh Johnson

About the Author

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: LYNNE NEWARK ( NEE ELLISON) At the time of writing the book I was a dreamy, bookish teenager whose favourite reading material was historical novels, the longer ago the better, and Lord of the Rings. I wasn't needing to work very hard at school so some of it was written at the back of the class while listening with half an ear to the lesson. Subsequently real life took over in the form of A-levels, uni, earning a living and, later, having children; so I haven't thought much about writing since. I had consigned The Green Bronze Mirror to the dustbin of history, in fact; so was amazed to receive a letter out of the blue from an Oxford publisher I'd never met, saying he was interested in re-issuing it. I'm pleased with the new edition, particularly as it has pictures. The first version didn't, which was a shame. I have had a number of different jobs, including running riding holidays in the Scottish borders, teaching English to foreigners, a logistics-type job in a computer firm, and nowadays I'm a Speech and Language Therapist. Future plans include walking the Pyrenees from coast to coast; spending time in Tibet; living on a canal boat for a year. Maybe another book idea will come from some of that.

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