Theatre Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Theatre Shoes

Written by Noel Streatfeild

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From publisher Jane Nissen Books: Spiritedly drawn, an authentic recreation of the excitement of life in the theatre spills off the pages as Sorrel, Holly and Mark are sent off to learn all they can from the remarkable Madame Fidola. Orphaned during the war, the three children leave their life in the country and move to live with their grandmother in London. Not only do they discover a love of the theatre for themselves but they also learn of their remarkable theatrical heritage.

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Theatre Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Plucked from their old home in Guernsey and sent all the way to London, the three Forbes children find themselves thrown into the exciting yet frightening world of the theatre. Their mother has come from a long line of great actors and Sorrell, Holly and Mark are expected to carry on the family tradition.

By the renowned author of Ballet Shoes.

About the Author

Noel Streatfeild

Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE (December 24, 1895–September 11, 1986), known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author, most famous for her talent of writing children's books including Ballet Shoes (1936). She was born in Sussex, England, the second of three daughters of a local vicar. Her life is described in three semi-autobiographical novels: A Vicarage Family, Away from the Vicarage and Beyond the Vicarage. Noel was considered the "plain" sister in her family, but she shone in performances with her sisters for charity. Upon reaching adulthood she sought a career in theatre, and gained ten years of experience as an actress, working for the Charles Doran and Arthur Bourchier companies. Her familiarity with the stage was the basis for many of her popular books for children, which are often about children struggling with careers in the arts.

In 1969 London Weekend Television produced a six-episode serial of "The Growing Summer", with Wendy Hiller as Aunt Dymphna. It was filmed in Bantry (Bantry House), in Ahakista and near Kilcrohane on the Sheep's Head Peninsula.

Noel Streatfeild was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983.

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288 pages
Interest Age: 9-16


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Publication date

1st April 2009




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Jane Nissen Books is an imprint of Jane Nissen Books

logo Upon retirement from Penguin in 2001, and with the belief that children of the 21st Century should have access to some of the best-loved books of the 20th Century, many of which have gone out of print over the years, Jane Nissen set up her own publishing company with the sole purpose of bringing lost children's classics back into print. In 2007, Jane was granted the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of British children's books.

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