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K. M. Peyton published her first book aged just fifteen, and has been loved by generations of readers ever since. She said once, “I write to entertain”, and Wild Lily will certainly do that. Set in the 1920s, in those breathless years between the wars, it’s a captivating story of unrequited love, bravery and personal catastrophe. Born into a wealthy family Antony is a reckless 17 year old when the book opens, obsessed with planes and flying. He is loved from afar by Lily, whose own background is very different. K. M. Peyton demands a lot from her characters in terms of physical courage, and it is Antony’s tragedy that of the two of them, Lily is the bolder and more daring. Elegantly and beautifully written, this soaring love story, will delight K. M. Peyton fans of all ages. ~ Andrea Reece
For more well-written, timeless love stories, see Eva Ibbotson’s recently reissued classics Magic Flutes and The Morning Gift.
A message from the editor, David Fickling "I have edited Kathy for nearly 30 years and I;ve loved every minute. Her writing is so good you'll catch your breath. In Wild Lily you'll jump out of a plane with her, you'll feel like you are up there, in the sky, heart in throat, staring down, wind rushing over your face...."
It’s the 1920s, a time of wealth and parties. Antony, the rich boy living in the great house on the hill, has everything he could ever ask for, including his own plane. But he has no love in his life.
Lily has nothing but love to give. Lily, 14, the annoying and scruffy serf, who follows Ant about and will do anything he asks, doesn’t even enter into his head until far too late. They grow up together and life happens, taking the two of them to places they never imagined they would end up.
Lily’s love for Antony is a powerful and unrequited love; stronger than life, death, scandal, loss, disability and time.
From the author of Flambards and more than 70 years since her first novel was published for a fee of just £75, K M Peyton sees her 70th novel published by the brilliant publisher David Fickling who also discovered Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
‘..brilliantly compelling slice of social history’ The School Librarian on Flambards
Publication date: 02/02/2017
Publisher: Stour Publishing an imprint of David Fickling Books
|Publication date:||4th February 2016|
|Author:||K. M. Peyton|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
Born in 1929 K. M. Peyton is a well known and well loved author of over 50 books for children. Author of the Flambards Series and A Pattern of Roses, both of which have been adapted for film, she was winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1969 for The Edge of the Cloud, part of the Flambards Series.More About K. M. Peyton