The Diamond of Drury Lane (A Cat Royal Novel)
Written by Julia Golding
Part of the Cat Royal Series
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Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.
Cat Royal, the feisty little orphan-girl brought up in a theatre, is a brilliant narrator of this terrific action-packed adventure. There’s intrigue, politics, class warfare and a lot of fighting as well some highlights from behind the scenes as Cat unravels a mystery. She’s brave, cunning and smart but that doesn’t stop her from getting into some very dangerous fixes. Set in the world of the Drury Lane theatre in the 1790s this is full of historical detail about the prejudices of the time which carry important contemporary messages, too.
See also the second and third books in the "Cat Royal" series Cat Among the Pigeons, and Den of Thieves.
The Diamond of Drury Lane (A Cat Royal Novel) by Julia Golding
Set in 1790’s Covent Garden this book whisks you back to a bygone era. The narrator’s colourful slang and confident I’ll-tell-you-how-it-really-is, makes the story sparkle off the page.
Cat Royal is an orphan who lives at the back of the theatre in Drury Lane. She mingles with the high and low of society – from the actors onstage to the lords and ladies in the stalls to the barrow boys in the grimy marketplace. The tale is packed with local colour and authentic detail. And of course there is a gripping diamond mystery. What more could you want?
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'A highly enjoyable story full of adventure, likeable character and sharp, witty dialogue'
-slavery magazine. 'Rip-roaring saga...thoroughly entertaining...lively and absorbing
; 'This is rollicking historical fiction at its best, a great read
About the Author
Interest Age: From 9
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