The Moonstone Legacy by Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
  

The Moonstone Legacy

Written by Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild

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Beginning where Wilkie Collins’ classic left off, it’s hard to believe The Moonstone Legacy is a debut for the quality of the writing is exceptional and has a real timeless quality about it. The story itself is a terrific mix of mysterious quest and compelling family saga. Although a contemporary novel, it visits the cultures of both East and West, following what appears to be the accidental death, on the full moon, of 14 year old Lizzy Abercrombie’s mother. As Lizzy discovers her mother’s death could be linked to a family curse she also uncovers the terrible past of an ancestor who lived in north-west India. The reader will become more and more enveloped in the story of Lizzy’s quest to find out whether her mother’s death was an accident and you can almost see and hear the sights and sounds around you. As Lizzy puts herself in mortal danger to find out the truth, you will be utterly gripped to the pages.

Julia Eccleshare’s comment:
Travelling across a wide time frame and introducing a very different multi-cultural background, this is a powerful sequel to one of the most haunting stories of the nineteenth century.

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The Moonstone Legacy by Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild

In a sacred cave high in the mountains of northern India, a white-haired hermit sits cross-legged, and signs his final testament: George Abercrombie, 1874... . In present-day England, fourteen years old Lizzy Abercrombie's mother dies in a tragic accident on the full moon. But was it really an accident? Lizzy discovers that her death may be linked to a mysterious family curse. Determined to solve the mystery, her quest takes her from a doomed Anglo-Indian mansion on the Yorkshire moors to India where she uncovers the terrible truth about her ancestor and a stolen inheritance. But her discoveries put her in mortal danger from a ruthless enemy...

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About the Author

Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild

Diana, by Tony
I first met Diana at a party in her Yorkshire mother's house: I thought she was lovely, a great dancer – and a total fantasist. She told me tall stories about her childhood in northern Pakistan, about her great-grandfather having been hanged by the British, about her aristocratic white Russian grandmother who had escaped back to Russia after the Revolution, about her grandfather being murdered in his bed, about the huge cave in her father's mountain with an ancient Buddhist temple inside and about daily life in the Frontier with its cast of hermaphrodite servants being swung from ceiling fans, deaf and dumb butlers, drivers recently gaoled with their camels, and the princely palace she played in.

Looking as she did – more, like a beautiful Swede than my image of a subcontinental – made it all the easier to dismiss Diana's stories as an update of The Arabian Nights.

After many creative adventures and travels together over the years we decided to write The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy. Like Diana's childhood tales, it turned out to be more true to life than you might at first think...

I first met Tony at my older sister's 21st. He had a lot more hair then. He sweetly defended me against my sister's condescending boyfriend, which was a good start! Since we have shared so many creative journeys physical and metaphysical, musical and visual. The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy is the culmination of pretty much everything we've done together philosophically, spiritually, physically and virtually – such fun! We had to do it, it was written!

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Format

Hardback
280 pages
Interest Age: 12 to 15

Author

Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
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Author's Website

www.moonstonelegacy.com/

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Publisher

Pushkin Press

Publication date

31st May 2010

ISBN

9781906548216

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Pushkin Press is an imprint of Pushkin Children's Books

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Pushkin Children's Books was launched in 2013 to share tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide, colourful worlds these stories offer. From picture books and adventure stories to fairy tales and classics, and from fifty-year-old bestsellers to current huge successes abroad, the books on the Pushkin Childrens list reflect the very best stories from around the world, for our most discerning readers of all: children. Twitter @PushkinPress www.facebook.com/PushkinPress

Publisher's Website

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