Reader Reviewed Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew

Winter Damage

Written by Natasha Carthew

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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 Winter Damage is set not very far from the here and now, in a world where things have fallen apart. It is a poetic, chilling and moving debut that will embrace you in its icy grip then thaw you from the heart out.

It is a book that Rebecca McNally, Publishing Director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books, loved on first reading and feels is a future classic - download a Piece of Passion from Rebecca here.


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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Winter Damage a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Winter Damage is an intense, emotional and soul searching story following fifthteen year-old Ennor who is desperate to find her long lost mum.'

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Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew

On a frozen Cornish moor, a fourteen-year-old girl lives in a trailer with her dad and little brother. Ennor's mother left years ago, when things started to go wrong - and gradually their world has fallen apart. Now her father's gravely ill, school has closed, and Ennor knows they're going to take her brother away if things don't pick up soon. Days before Christmas, when the wind is cold and her dad's health takes a turn for the worse, Ennor packs a blanket, a map, a saucepan and a gun into her rucksack, and sets off to find her mum and bring her home. Ennor thinks she knows where she's going. But this journey will change her life for ever - it becomes a battle for survival, a heartbreaking story of love and friendship, and a fable about not finding what you were looking for, but finding something more important instead ...


We have asked a select number of teenagers to review Winter Damage.  You can read their reviews below.

Robin Johansson, age 14 - 'Winter Damage is an intense, emotional and soul searching story following fifthteen year-old Ennor who is desperate to find her long lost mum.'  Click here to read the full review

Amy Knight, age 14 - 'Winter Damage is a story about nail-biting quest to find hope, and how far one young girl is prepared to go to find it.'  Click here to read the full review
Safiyah Afghan, age 15 - 'Winter Damage is too slow and does not convey the emotions strongly enough to keep readers interested.  A good book, but readers must be willing to hang in there for quite a while.'  Click here to read the full review 

About the Author

Natasha Carthew

Natasha Carthew was born and raised in Cornwall, where she still lives with her girlfriend of nineteen years. Natasha had three books of poetry published before her first novel, Winter Damage, came out in 2013. Winter Damage was nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for several other awards including the prestigious Branford Boase Award. Natasha is a country writer who does all of her writing outside – whatever the weather – in a cabin built from scrap.

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Book Info


320 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st August 2013




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