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The Lion of Sole Bay (Strong Winds Series) Paperback – 7 Oct 2013
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Here I mean to say that though this is a book about children, and children fill the action, and save themselves in the end, it's also without doubt, a book for adults. That's because the characters, no matter what age they are - and there are several strong adult characters in this book, are all very strongly there, interacting with each other or just being themselves.
Julia Jones has a wonderful belief in the children's strength and sense. I'll leave it to other reviewers to explain what problems in the real modern world they have to deal with, though this is not foremost a problem book. I loved a new character in this series, fizzing Angel, and I hope she and the other kids will go on being friends; she needed friends and she has proved herself loyal and tender hearted. Dutch Helen, with her rasping English and cold drive to save herself, is another strong character; silently tormented, she reminds me of Luke's half-sister Anna in the three earlier books. I hope her future turns out as well as Anna's did. Bill the Suffolk fisherman was another strong and physically realised character. There is a moving scene in the hospital where he is struggling through morphine to look after his son by making sure everything was all right on board the Lowestoft Lass.Read more ›
You can read `The Lion of Sole Bay' as a standalone, and if you do so, you'll rush back to read the Trilogy. If you have read the Trilogy in advance you'll find in `The Lion of Sole Bay' an author in full stride, completely comfortable with her writing style. This is a tour de force. Certainly I have grown into the Jones style of storytelling over the past three novels and this time I sat down with some expectations, which were not disappointed. Jones managed to far exceed my already high expectations. She has taken a `minor' character from the Trilogy, Luke, to be the `hero' of this tale. In doing so she reminds us that there are no `minor' characters, that everyone has a story. Jones' ability to present the world through the eyes of a twelve year old is impressive, and we get lost in Luke's `imagination' to the point that we start to `believe' as he does.
`The Lion of Sole Bay' has two `heroines', both unlikely - Angel has ADHD and Helen is being reared by a seriously demented mother. The result is the sense of a `community' story, with characters' lives interwoven and the reader feels every bit a part of the story. Jones is, as ever, uncompromising in her portrayal of such `issues' as drugs and disability, but the issues are so embedded into the narrative that they never jar or threaten the storyline. They simply make the characters more real because they have the `real' flaws of `real' people. This requires expertise and sensitivity on the part of an author, and Jones never skips a beat. I am particularly impressed by the way Jones draws adult characters such as `mad' Peter, and Helen's drug-fuelled mother Hendrike.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good follow up to the Strong Winds series. Introduces new characters but sometimes refering back so the earlier books while still allowing this one to be read as a stand alone... Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by Gulliver
Latest of the Strong Winds series, with Jones' trademark high adventure on high water, as youngsters without adult supervision sink or swim, proving themselves no duffers - in the... Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by AmazonCustomer
Well thought out both in terms of plot and the integration of an interesting bit of history by making it fully relevant to the present - there's absolutely no danger of the history... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by David A. Cooper
Having read all of the original trilogy it's good to meet some of the characters again, and see how they are maturing. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Jacqui Myatt