No Shame, No Fear by Ann Turnbull


No Shame, No Fear by Ann Turnbull

1662 - England is reeling from the after-effects of civil war, with its clashes of faith and culture. Seventeen-year-old Will returns home after completing his studies, to begin an apprenticeship arranged by his wealthy father. Susanna, a young Quaker girl, leaves her family to become a servant in the same town. Theirs is a story that speaks across the centuries, telling of love and the struggle to stay true to what is most important - in spite of parents, society and even the law. But is the love between Will and Susanna strong enough to survive - no matter what?


The author's eye for detail in matters of daily routines... is impeccably realized. Frequently moving and unwaveringly honest, the most impressive quality I found was the way Ann Turnbull's prose carries in its narrative drive the calm, centred, almost silent spirit of the Quaker Friends. (Carousel) Although written from a sympathetic angle, it challenges the reader to think about the implications of religious fanaticism. Not easy, but fascinating and gripping. (The Northern Echo) Here is a novel that needs a trumpet to be blown for it... The pleasures lie less in plot surprises than in the plain, exact and elegant language that takes you to the heart of each character's feeling... The end of the novel, which reduced the reader to tears, leaves you longing for the sequel which Walker has had the good sense to commission. (The Guardian)

About the Author

Ann Turnbull

I was born in Hertford, England and brought up in Bexleyheath, which was then in Kent but is now part of Greater London. I have always loved books; my childhood favourites were the Narnia stories by C S Lewis and Kipling’s Jungle Books. By the age of ten I had decided I wanted to be a writer. Paper always seemed to be scarce in those days, but I used to write stories on the unused pages left in old school exercise books, or even on the backs of opened-out envelopes. In my early teens two things happened that helped me to feel like a real writer: my parents bought me my first typewriter – a second-hand Underwood - and I went in for a short story competition and won a place at the Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick in Derbyshire.

After leaving school I worked as a secretary for many years. Later I began training as a teacher, but decided teaching was not for me. However I read children’s novels as part of my course and was inspired to try writing one myself. My first novel was published in 1974, and since then I have written thirty books for children and young people of all ages.

My hobbies are reading, dancing, singing, and walking in the countryside. I am married, with two grown-up children, and now live in Shropshire.

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

1st December 2011



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