Hazel by Julie Hearn


Written by Julie Hearn

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When Hazel witnesses suffragette Emily Davison stepping out in front of the king's horse she could never have imagined the impact this event would have on her own life. But this single incident would change Hazel's destiny forever.

A reissue of this thrilling novel to coincide with the centenary of Emily Davison's death. Julie Hearn, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, has a talent for spinning real historical events into a great story. A perfect stand alone read but will also have added appeal for those who have read her earlier novel, Ivy, as Hazel is Ivy's daughter.


Hazel by Julie Hearn

Sweet but dull - that's how life has always been for Hazel Louise Mull-Dare.

But on the day of the Epsom Derby, June 4th, 1913, everything changes. A suffragette in a dark coat steps out in front of the King's horse, dying days later from her injuries. Who was she and why did she do it? Hazel is determined to find out. But finding out leads her into worse trouble than she could ever have imagined. It leads to banishment. To secrets that have festered, and a shame that lingers on. To madness and misunderstanding in the place where sugar cane grows.

Sweet but dull - that's how life used to be for Hazel Louise Mull-Dare. Not any more.


Readers should simply give way to a good story expertly told from a writer who is herself happily unclassifiable. The Independent

The strength of this novel lies in its gently comic portrayal of characters seeking escape from the conventions and pretensions of prewar Kensington life. There's a rich vein of social and political material to be found here; readers will also appreciate the hint of irony to be found in the characters self-absorbed responses to momentous historical events. The Guardian

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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368 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd May 2013




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