Poppy by Mary Hooper


Written by Mary Hooper

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Women’s roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper’s Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old social hierarchies were overturned and with a heart-warming romance. How the war affected a girl like Poppy and how she is changed by it is a richly entertaining story.

Follow Poppy as she travels to Flanders as a nurse on the front line in the sequel Poppy in the Field.


Poppy by Mary Hooper

Poppy is young, beautiful and clever - and working as a parlourmaid in the de Vere family's country house. Society, it seems, has already carved out her destiny. But Poppy's life is about to be thrown dramatically off course. The first reason is love - with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her. The second reason is war. As the lists of the dead and wounded grow longer, Poppy must do whatever she can to help the injured soldiers, knowing all the while that her own soldier may never return home...

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Mary Hooper is one of our finest writers of historical romance -- Amanda Craig The Times

Mary Hooper's storylines pack a 21st-century punch ... historical fiction worthy of the genre -- Amanda Foreman New York Times

Mary Hooper's historical novels are some of the best I have ever read The Book Bug

When it comes to YA Historical Fiction Mary Hooper reigns supreme Luna's Little Library

Praise for Fallen Grace,

An exceptional novel ... Not since Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke has there been such a gorgeous evocation of Victorian life - or so satisfying a conclusion The Times

Praise for Velvet,

Romance, intrigue and period detail weave their magic together in this dark and dazzling tale TBK magazine

Praise for The Disgrace of Kitty Grey,

This wonderfully atmospheric story, set in Victorian London, will draw in teenage girls with its blend of sadness, hardship and redemption ... A sensitive and tautly-plotted novel, intelligently told Daily Mail

Richly atmospheric, romantic and thrilling, Hooper just gets better and better Bookseller

Superb ... Hooper is a wise and charming writer Literary Review

About the Author

Mary Hooper

Says of herself: I was born in Barnes, South West London, which became expensive and trendy as soon as I left it. I often – nostalgically and rather lazily – use Barnes as a setting for my books. If I speak of a river then I’m thinking of the Thames, and if it’s a park or common then I picture Barnes Common. I was able to utilise all these local points and bring in Mortlake and Richmond, too, when I was writing two books about Queen Elizabeth I’s magician, Dr Dee, who lived in Mortlake.

I started working as a window dresser, but soon went into an office and – very valuable, this, for a writer – learned to type. One day I read a short story, thought that I could do better and sat down and wrote one. I sent it to Jackie, a teenage magazine, and much to my surprise sold it for £14. I was launched as a writer! I went on to write lots of short stories, and then serials, and eventually decided to write a book. At the time, there were hardly any books for teenagers, so I found getting published quite easy, but it’s very different now. I’ve written perhaps seventy or so books for children and young adults, most of them set in modern times, but as soon as I began writing historical novels I realised how much I loved doing this, and decided I didn’t want to write any more modern ones. No, not even any Megans!

I’m married to Richard and we live in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I’ve still got a VW Beetle, but have upgraded it to a cabriolet version, which will be lovely when the weather improves and I can put the top down (if I can remember how to do it). My children are very grown up, my son is a writer and works for New Scientist and my daughter works for Microsoft - and has recently presented me with a gorgeous first grandson, Mackenzie. I look after him on Wednesdays so don’t ever bother me then! My hobbies are reading (of course), pottering around the house, painting furniture and being nosy (which goes with being a writer).

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

8th May 2014




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