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Joan Lingard - Author

About the Author

Joan Lingard is a versatile and prolific author whose novels for children and adults turn upon challenging themes, often the struggle for individual freedom in the face of social conflict and fragmentation. Belfast, where she lived from the age of two to eighteen, is the setting for The File on Fraulein Berg (1980), Dark Shadows (1998) and the 'Kevin and Sadie quintet', in which the young protagonists form relationships across the religious divide. The 'Maggie quartet' is set in Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland, while The Gooseberry (1978), Rags and Riches (1988) and Glad Rags (1990) are set in Edinburgh, where Joan Lingard was born and now lives. Her husband's experiences in the contrasting cultures of Latvia and Canada has inspired several novels, including After Colette (1993). Natasha's Will (2000) moves between the Russian Revolution and the comparatively mild political transition that is taking place in contemporary Scotland. Joan Lingard has won a number of major awards for children's writing, and was awarded an MBE in 1998.

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Into Exile

Into Exile

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

The third of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books. Protestant Sadie and Catholic Kevin have married and escaped to London - but will they ever really be free of Belfast and its troubles? In this third book about Sadie and Kevin, Joan Lingard has added an understanding of the strains of young marriage to the sombre representation of life in Belfast.

Trouble on Cable Street

Trouble on Cable Street

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

The Sign of the Black Dagger

The Sign of the Black Dagger

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2014

One day, Will and Lucy's dad just ... vanishes. They have no idea why he's disappeared until a creepy stranger reveals their dad was keeping a BIG secret. Then there's the second clue: an old diary they find hidden in the walls of their Royal Mile house, with a sinister black dagger on it. Will and Lucy must solve a mystery that's over two hundred years old if they want to find their dad and bring him home. But can they find the answers in time to rescue him? Award-winning author Joan Lingard weaves a fast-paced mystery set in and around Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The story alternates between Will and Lucy, searching for their dad in the present day, and their ancestors William and Louisa, struggling to save their own father while following the sign of the black dagger and uncovering a plot to kill a French aristocrat.

The Egg Thieves

The Egg Thieves

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

River Eyes

River Eyes

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Tortoise Trouble

Tortoise Trouble

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Tom and the Treehouse

Tom and the Treehouse

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

What Holly Did

What Holly Did

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2012

The Lost Sister

The Lost Sister

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2011

The Chancery Lane Conspiracy

The Chancery Lane Conspiracy

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

What to Do About Holly

What to Do About Holly

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2009

The File on Fraulein Berg

The File on Fraulein Berg

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2008

The Eleventh Orphan

The Eleventh Orphan

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Tilly And The Badgers

Tilly And The Badgers

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Who is making badgers fight dogs for sport near Tilly's home? Do the new boy at school and his family have anything to do with it? Tilly and William are determined to find out.

Kevin and Sadie: The Story Continues

Kevin and Sadie: The Story Continues

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

A collection of the last three Kevin and Sadie titles: Into Exile, A Proper Place, Hostage to Fortune. Each book can be enjoyed on its own as a stand alone story and, together with Across the Barricades and The Twelfth Day of July, these books make up the full story of two children, Kevin and Sadie, whose love crosses the barriers of conflict-torn Belfast.

The Sign of the Black Dagger

The Sign of the Black Dagger

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

When Will and Lucy's dad disappears, their life changes for ever. They uncover a trail of secrets and lies - but hidden in a fireplace in their old Edinburgh house, there's a clue that might lead them to the truth. A journal that tells the story of another pair of twins, William and Louisa, who lived in their house two-hundred years before. Their own father was in serious financial trouble and took sanctuary - as all debtors could - in the grounds of Holyrood Abbey. A place full of French aristocrats fleeing revolution; a haven of intrigue and spies. In 1796, a mysterious black dagger helped the children save the life of an exiled French Count. And now it will lead Will and Lucy to find their own dad - and the truth about why he's disappeared.

Tell the Moon to Come Out

Tell the Moon to Come Out

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2005

Issues of loyalty and trust in this Spanish Civil War-set adventure story The Spanish Civil War has left the country shattered. Nick's father went to fight for the Republican cause, but hasn't returned. Undeterred, Nick sets off to search for him, crossing illegally into Spain and hiding from the authorities. He meets Isabel, the daughter of a cruel Civil Guard. This could be Nick's only chance to find the truth about his father, but can he trust her? Age 11+ Linguistically rich, this is an excellent text to demonstrate how descriptive writing can be used to create mood and characterisation. Links with History. Click here to read an EXTRACT Click here to download FREE TEACHING RESOURCES To automatically receive all the latest news on New Windmills, why not sign-up for our Heinemann Literature e-newsletter?

Oxford Playscripts: Across the Barricades

Oxford Playscripts: Across the Barricades

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Kevin is Catholic. Sadie is Protestant. In Belfast they are supposed to be enemies - so what chance do they have when they fall in love?

Tell the Moon to Come Out

Tell the Moon to Come Out

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

It's 1939, and Spain is a country shattered by brutal conflict. The civil war has ended - but the hatred that caused it hasn't. Nick's father left Scotland to fight on the losing Republican side three years ago. He never returned. Now Nick has gone after him - crossing illegally into Spain, travelling without papers, trying to track down anyone who might be able to tell him what happened. But the risks are high for a foreign boy in Spain without permission. It's only with the help of one girl - Isabel, the daughter of a cruel Civil Guard sergeant - that Nick stands a chance of surviving...

Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2003

When Emily realises she is being followed, she is determined to find out who is lurking in the shadows. Coming face to face with the stalker, Emily soon realises that she must deal with more than she bargained for as old secrets come to light.

Natasha's Will

Natasha's Will

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2000

Natasha's story is set against the background of the Russian Revolution as she and her family flee persecution. Her story is dramatically and cleverly linked with the present as her heirs search for her will. The will can only be found through a trail of literary clues from classic children's books.

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/1995

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too? The first of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books.

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/1995

Kevin and Sadie just want to be together, but it's not that simple. Things are bad in Belfast. Soldiers walk the streets and the city is divided. No Catholic boy and Protestant girl can go out together - not without dangerous consequences . . . The second of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books

Across The Barricades

Across The Barricades

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/1975

Winner of the West German Award, Buxthuderbulle.

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