The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant

The Things We Did for Love

Written by Natasha Farrant

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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013

A beautiful and bittersweet love story set in the real village of Oradour-sur-Glane which was cruelly and apparently randomly destroyed during the Second World War. Teenagers Luc and Arianne meet and fall in love. Ari is willing to do anything to stop Luc from joining the French Resistance movement but will it be enough? The absolute romance of first love is touchingly captured and made all the more poignant by the terrible circumstance in which it arises.


The Brandford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.

The seven shortlisted titles were:

After the Snow by SD Crockett

The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan

A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour

Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

A World Between Us by Lydia Syson

****The Winner was A Boy and a Bear in a Boat.


The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant

France: February, 1944. Arianne knew Luc as a child, of course she did. Everyone in Samaroux knows each other. But he's been away, and five years really makes a difference to a boy. A young man. As they fall headily into love - first love - their world starts to crumble around them.

German forces are closing in, and the village is torn between cooperating to save themselves or putting up resistance and entering unknown danger. Arianne will do anything to make Luc stay. Luc wants to prove he is a man. And Romy, who has loved Arianne all the time that Luc has been away, can see a way of removing his rival, at any cost.

How far will they go to protect what they believe in? And what will they do for love?

Reviews impressive fable about the loss of innocence and the consequent descent into hell. Farrant's prose is lucid.. her story has a savage bite. It is also a grim but fine memorial to the half-forgotten victims of a peculiarly savage atrocity.' - Mal Peet in The Guardian

About the Author

Natasha Farrant

Natasha Farrant has worked in children’s publishing for almost twenty years, running her own literary scouting agency for the past ten. She is the author of the Carnegie longlisted and Branford Boase shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels.

She grew up in London where she still lives with her husband, their two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat. She is the eldest of four siblings and has never dyed her hair pink.

Photo credit © Sam Armstrong.

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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber

Publication date

3rd January 2013




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