The Year of the Ladybird Paperback – 13 Mar 2014
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Not only is this novel a fabulous evocation of the sweltering, endless summer of 1976 and the fag-end of the British holiday camp era, it is also a rights of passage novel and a wonderfully moving exploration of guilt, forgiveness and redemption. (THE LADY)
Graham Joyce's The Year of the Ladybird showed that he is one of the best writers of ghost stories we have. (Adam Roberts The Guardian) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A ghost story with a difference from the WORLD FANTASY and multiple BRITISH FANTASY AWARD-winning author of SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALESee all Product Description
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Anyone who remembers the summer of 1976, recalls that seemingly endless time when each day started and ended with cloudless skies, rocketing temperatures, drought warnings and hosepipe bans. It was a magical year and Graham Joyce captures the essence of it in this work, together with sinister overtones of forgotten memories, a recession and the National Front.
As usual his descriptive prose is sublime and his characterisation unparalleled. The protagonist is a student working in a holiday camp in Skegness, despite his mother and stepfather's grave misgivings. As always in a Graham Joyce book, nothing is quite as it seems however, who is the man in the blue suit carrying a length of rope and who is the small boy with him? The front cover proclaims 'The Year of the Ladybird' - A Ghost Story, it is all that and much, much more.
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Great read but be aware this is the same story as The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
For most of its length this is an enjoyable, easy read. The period and setting are convincingly evoked and there are some memorable characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S Litton
Well written. Superb evocation of the time. Really enjoyed it.Published 20 months ago by Jane Cannon