The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale


The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale

9.21am: business as usual on a high street in England. 9.22am: the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane crash, and even terrorism...The people of Heathwick had been preparing for Christmas unaware that many would die, and the rest would be transformed for ever. Travel with them, second-by-second, through the hopes, fears, love, worries, gossip, cruelty, kindness and trivia that dominated their final minute before tragedy struck. And in the everyday story of an ordinary street, look for clues to what happened, and why.


This is a very clever and compelling piece of writing. -- Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller A real achievement ... I found this so compelling that I read this book in one sitting. -- Clare Poole The Bookseller I defy anyone to put this book down before you've got to the end. I really mean that. -- Ann Giles Bookwitch This is high concept stuff... It's a simply brilliant idea and it's perfectly executed: humorously, movingly, excitingly and without any surplus detail or description. -- Adele Geras Awfully Big Reviews One of the things I love about the children's author Eleanor Updale is that she's impossible to pigeonhole. And now we have The Last Minute, a book utterly unlike its predecessors. This is powerful stuff. What on earth will Eleanor Updale come up with next? -- Philip Ardagh Guardian

About the Author

Eleanor Updale

Eleanor Updale on Eleanor Updale:
"I grew up in Camberwell in South London, half-way up a hill which had my primary school at the top, and my secondary school at the bottom. I had hardly ever been outside London when I left to go to Oxford University, where I studied history. After that I joined the BBC, working on TV and Radio programmes from 1975 to 1990. By that time I had two children, and soon there was a third. At one point they were all under three and a half years old, so I was very busy. I left my job to look after them, and got involved in all sorts of things I hadn’t had time for when I was working. You might be able to see how some of those things have crept into the books. I’ve been on the Clinical Ethics Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital for some years now. I found lots of ideas for Doctor Farcett’s character there."

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272 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Publication date

6th February 2014



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