Set In Stone by Linda Newbery
  

Set In Stone

Written by Linda Newbery

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Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2006.

The Judges said: "A novel of intrigue and deception. Newbery's landscape is a joy to walk into."

Other titles by Linda Newbery include Nevermore, Catcall, and Lost Boy.

Synopsis

Set In Stone by Linda Newbery

Samuel Godwin, an art tutor has two tutees, Marianne and Juliana. Assisted by their governess, Samuel begins to uncover why Marianne is emotionally fragile. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal - and lives all around are turned upside down. This work is a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century.

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I found myself bathing in the wonderful descriptions ... Newbery writes with grace and immediacy -- Vivien Hamilton Daily Telegraph A gothic romance dealing with the most taboo subject of all ... Newbery has created a climactic period story, compelling in its description and psychological drama ... the relationship between art and life is starkly framed -- Elaine Williams TES Teacher Unfolds with horrific credibility and total suspense -- Gill Roberts Carousel This novel calls to mind the writings of the Bronte sisters ... Despite or maybe because of the author seeming so unconcerned with current trends, this book works on every level. The plot is full of twists, the charcters are multi-dimensional, and the atmosphere of that grand Victorian house, with all its intrigue and hierarchy, is electric. Set in Stone is a gripping page-turner for children and adults alike Glasgow Herald This is a plot-driven, exciting thriller -- Audrey Baker Inis

About the Author

Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe, but only began submitting her work once she became a secondary school teacher. She had her first novel published in 1988 and is now a full-time writer. Linda writes for various age groups and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, for The Shell House and Sisterland and in 2006 won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Set in Stone.
Linda lives in a Northamptonshire village with her husband and three cats. She is an active member of the SAS and on the committee of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group of the Society of Authors.

Linda on Linda
When I was a child, dreaming that one day I might be an author, I used to gaze longingly at the N shelves in bookshops and libraries, and imagine my own books parked next to E. Nesbit’s. She’s still there, with her classic stories The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and others. Philip Pullman, nearby, takes up an awful lot of space, but sometimes there’s room for me between them.

As a child I used to do a lot of secret writing in my bedroom. I rarely showed anyone, and certainly not my teachers. At that time I was rather unwisely trying to write complete novels. Later, when exams got in the way, I began writing poetry - because poems could be short!

When I was a teenager, there was no such thing as teenage fiction – you went straight from children’s books to adult books. It wasn’t until much later, when I was training to be an English teacher, that I came across teenage fiction, and excellent writers such as K. M. Peyton, Aidan Chambers and Jill Paton Walsh. Before long I wanted to have a go.

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Format

Hardback
368 pages
Interest Age: from 12

Author

Linda Newbery
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Author's Website

www.lindanewbery.co.uk/

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Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Publication date

4th May 2006

ISBN

9780385607483

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