Solace of the Road
Written by Siobhan Dowd
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Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 - the winner will be announced in early January.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story of one girl’s search for her mother. Running away from her foster home, Holly dons the blonde wig she finds and reinvents herself as the older, more glamorous and dangerously bold Solace and sets off to hitchhike to Ireland which, in her memory, is the place she locates her mother. Through her impressions of the present and her memories of the past, ‘Solace’ pieces together the painful fragments of her life.
From Siobhan Dowd:
'The protagonists in my stories aren’t human rights heroes in the conventional sense. They are ordinary people living in England and Ireland who find extraordinary ways to overcome the difficulties in their lives and for me that’s the essence of any good story: it’s where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.'
From David Fickling, the author's publisher:
'In 2007 Siobhan Dowd was voted one of the twenty-five British writers for the future (only three were children’s writers). Siobhan is still very much a writer for the future. Everybody should read her.'
Siobhan’s previous titles are Bog Child, A Swift Pure Cry and The London Eye Mystery. Sadly, Siobhan died in 2007 but her memory lives on in a Trust that has been set up in her name as well as through her writing.
Every penny of royalties from Siobhan's book sales go to the trust that has been set up in her memory - www.siobhandowdtrust.org
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Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her school and the way everyone is always on at her. She's not Holly any more, she's Solace: the kind of girl who can walk out of her humdrum life, and can face the world head on.
About the Author
David Fickling Books
5th February 2009