The Sacred Scarab: Egyptian Chronicles book 3 by Gill Harvey

The Sacred Scarab: Egyptian Chronicles book 3

Written by Gill Harvey
Part of the Egypt Adventures Series

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Ancient Egypt is brought vividly to life in this latest adventure of orphans Hopi and Isis who have a real knack of getting themselves into dramatic situations – and then getting out of them! It is festival time and the King is going to his great Temple for it. But someone is plotting against him and Hopi and Isis have to find out who – and stop him! This is the third of four. Click here to see the others


The Sacred Scarab: Egyptian Chronicles book 3 by Gill Harvey

The third in a new series of four books: the first and second titles were published in August and October 2009, the fourth to be published in April 2010. Fantastically atmospheric evocations of Egyptian life are encased in an exciting adventure story. Each story features the boy and girl characters Hopi and Isis, and their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. In this story, The Sacred Scarab, Isis and Hopi discover the greed of the all-powerful tax collectors. The author has spent much time in Egypt and the stories are meticulously researched. The books include factual detail and notes about Egyptian lifestyle, the importance of the gods for the Egyptians, the tombs and much more.


Praise for Orphan of the Sun: 'Well researched and extremely filmic, you can almost feel the heat and taste the ripe figs

'A rich story. The author's love for the place is evident and allows you to imagine events clearly even without any prior knowledge of ancient Egypt. An unusual, well researched book'

'Orphan of the Sun is a great resource to use for the Egyptians, and has an accompanying website bursting with information'

'Stories set in Ancient Egypt are rare so this is very welcome. Details of life at the time, the food, drink, clothing and customs come alive as part of the story, not indigestible facts'
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About the Author

Gill Harvey

Photograph copyright © Gillian Doherty

Gill grew up in Warwickshire until the age of seven, when her family moved to a derelict railway station in mid-Wales. By the age of eighteen her only aim in life was to escape the Welsh hills, so off she went to explore. After an enlightening gap year, she ducked out of a law degree and studied French and Philosophy at University College, Oxford. Then she tried mental health work, environmental work, life in a VW van in the Outer Hebrides, busking, turning pigsties into craft workshops and working on an antiques stall... all fun, but none of them quite right.

Gill went freelance in 2000. It has involved all sorts of writing — commissioned fiction, non-fiction, film reviews and even a software manual. Then a year in Egypt resulted in both Orphan of the Sun, set in ancient Egypt, and Love in Luxor, a modern teenage love story (Piccadilly, 2005). Further travel led to journalism, and she now writes travel features, too.

Gill lives in London but is always itching to spend more time in Africa, her favourite continent.

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192 pages


Gill Harvey
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

15th February 2010




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