Follow Me Down by Julie Hearn
  

Follow Me Down

Written by Julie Hearn

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This is a new edition of Julie Hearn's stunning debut novel that takes the reader on a dramatic trip into a strange and original world, republished to coincide with the publication of her brand new novel in hardback Rowan the Strange. Present day Tom steps down into a basement and finds himself back in the eighteenth century where he discovers some shady practices being carried out by some unusual characters. How Tom survives in the world he finds himself in and what he discovers is eloquently told. Gripping, gentle, funny and downright scary at times it will have teenagers on the edge of their seat throughout.

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Follow Me Down by Julie Hearn

Come along down, Sir. Step this way. Only a shilling, Sir, to view the changeling child. Only a shilling to behold the strangest work of nature that ever was. Come Sir, follow me down . . . In the basement a gap is forming. Mysterious voices are calling, and Tom cannot resist. Taking a leap through time Tom meets Astra, the changeling child; the incredible bendy man, and the gorilla woman -"monsters" being shown at Bartholomew Fair . In the dark and seedy backstreets of eighteenth-century London, doctors are paying high prices for unusual bodies to dissect, and Astra and her friends are prime targets. They desperately need Tom's help. But Tom has problems of his own . . . Come, sir. Follow Me Down ...

Reviews

This book is gripping, gentle, funny, and downright scary at times. It also captures brilliantly the gulf between children's concerns, and what their parents think is on their minds. The Guardian A beautifully crafted, spine-tingling story by first time novelist Julie Hearn. The Daily Telegraph A corker of a novel, original and rambunctious... Fantastical, yet down to earth, funny and ripe with details of eighteenth century life. The Observer A wonderful novel The School Librarian So here's a new, wild, free voice. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Julie Hearn

Julie Hearn was our Guest Editor in August 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Julie Hearn used to be a tabloid journalist but much prefers writing novels because she is less likely to be sued nowadays for making things up. After her daughter, Tilly, was born she began a degree in Education but switched to English after suffering a panic attack while attempting to teach maths to year six. She went on to complete a Masters Degree in Women's Studies at Oxford University, where an idea for her thesis became the inspiration for her first novel, Follow Me Down. Julie lives in Oxfordshire where she writes full time (most mornings anyway) in a pink and green office in her garden.

Julie Hearn Q&A:

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Ever since I can remember. When I was five I wrote stories about elves and rabbits on scraps of paper and sewed them up the middle to make little books. I wrote diaries too - pages and pages every day - and if nothing exciting had happened I made stuff up. My teenage diaries are shocking, but a pack of lies from start to finish.

I still wanted to write when I left school so I became a journalist. And that was great fun, for a long time, although when it came to making things up, there was only so far I could go!

Why did you decide to write children's books rather than books for adults?

I suppose I'd had enough of writing for adults - first as a journalist, then as a student of English and women's studies. I wanted to give my imagination free rein in a way that didn't have to be clever, or cynical, or have a great wodge of footnotes at the bottom of every page to explain things!

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Format

Paperback
288 pages

Author

Julie Hearn
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Author's Website

www.juliehearn.co.uk/

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd April 2009

ISBN

9780192755957

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