Flood Child by Emily Diamand

Flood Child

Written by Emily Diamand

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Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2008.

Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award.

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This title was first published as Reaver's Ransom but has now been retitled, more appropriately in our mind, Flood Child. This original post-apocalyptic fantasy is an action packed debut novel. Determined to find the Prime Minister’s daughter who has been captured by bloodthirsty reavers, Lilly sails off carrying with her a talking jewel. Lilly is a delightfully feisty heroine and their adventures take them on a thrilling and unusual journey.

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Debut novelist Emily Diamand has created a truly exceptional, well imagined, gripping and highly inventive fantasy adventure for children of 9+. A kidnapped child, a talking jewel and a wild adventure set in a future affected by climate change in an England that is turning its back on its technological past and in a Scotland that is rising in power, asserting its strength and enlarging both its powerbase and its borders. But both must deal with the Reavers who are hell bent on taking over.

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Out of climate change and raiders, I have tried my best to create a story that you will find exciting, and enjoy reading. I hope you like it.

A message from the publisher:

"When we began the judging process for the very first Times/Chicken House New Writing Competition, we started to wonder what it would be like if, in addition to finding a truly wonderful novel, we found someone with star quality. Perhaps it would be as exciting as the ‘X-Factor’! Then on the day of the final decision, we discovered the judging panel was unanimous – Emily Diamand’s Flood Child was the clear winner. And when we met Emily, we realised that this accomplished author, with a wonderful career in front of her, even had that star quality we had hoped for. This book is fabulous and so is she."

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition has been searching for the most talented, undiscovered writers of children’s fiction since 2008. Leading top authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michelle Paver have judged the competition alongside Chicken House publisher, Barry Cunningham. The first winner was Emily Diamand in 2008 with her novel, Flood Child, followed by Sophia Bennett's Threads in 2009. Muncle Trogg won in 2010 and the winner of the 2011 competition, Kieran Larwood’s Freaks, will be released this April. Watch this space…


Flood Child by Emily Diamand

Flood Child is set in the 22nd Century, in a partially flooded England. Following climate change, the surviving English have gone back to simpler ways turning their backs on a technological past while Scotland is in the ascendancy, seeking to expand its borders and power-base. Both must deal with the Reavers, troublesome piratical tribes who pillage the waterways.

Lilly Melkun, an English fisher-girl, is out sailing with her sea-cat when the bloodthirsty Reavers come raiding - and kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter. Her village in turmoil, Lilly decides to find the girl. In a daring sea dash she sets out with an extraordinary ransom tucked inside her belt: a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age, that she later discovers everybody wants.


‘an amazing and accomplished story’ - Malorie Blackman

‘A funny, clever, towering adventure. Diamand is a genuine 24-carat writer’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

About the Author

Emily Diamand

A life-long environmentalist and more recently campaigner for Friends of the Earth, Emily’s background provides a natural backdrop to her writing. After building up her confidence at a local evening class, she began to write Reavers with the ambition of telling an exciting and gripping story set in a future affected by climate change. She lives in Harrogate, Yorkshire with her partner and son.

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400 pages


Emily Diamand
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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

3rd November 2008




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