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Deep Secret

Written by Berlie Doherty

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction Historical Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on Deep Secret

Beautifully written story of love, loss and recovery

Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, Berlie Doherty is one of our finest writers for young people and Deep Secret is a beautifully told story of people, place, changing times and lasting memories.  At its heart are two young girls, identical twins Grace and Madeleine, but it’s just as much the story of their community, the people of a small Derbyshire village. It’s 1945, a time of change for the whole country but particularly for the characters in the book: the valley in which they live is to be flooded for a reservoir and they must all leave their homes. Even before the waters arrive, stories float to the surface and we learn so much about the people of the valley and their history. It’s a wonderfully touching description of a lost way of life, and when a tragic event occurs drama and pain follows before finally acceptance and understanding. This is the kind of story that resonates with readers long after the final page, and highly recommended.

Andrea Reece

Deep Secret Synopsis

Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same. 'There's another world in there.' 'We could float in and out of it.' Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike that even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.

Deep Secret Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This is a tragic tale which is beautifully written. The cover is mesmerising, it’s just as beautiful as the actual story. The story had this almost enchanted feel about it. Everything about it was magical and when I was reading it I felt as if I was in another world. This book is perfect if you want to have a break from reality for a little while but be warned it’s extremely hard to put this book down once you pick it up. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone Full review

Amina Hassan (Age 13)

This book was enchanting and very interesting. I went on an unforgettable journey with compelling characters. Full review

Zoe Basson (Age 12)

Deep Secret, in my opinion, was a great book. I thought the descriptions of the scenes and people were very exact and they made me imagine a very clear picture in my head and as the book went on it got clearer and more detailed. Full review

Lakota (Age Year 7)

Deep Secret Press Reviews

We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence - Sunday Telegraph

Berlie Doherty has a magic in her . . . she uses words as if language had just been invented - TES

Berlie Doherty is a superb writer - Scotsman

[Berlie Doherty's] graceful, lyrical prose just floats from the page and you lose yourself in the worlds she creates -- Jill Murphy - The Bookbag

An enchanting and irresistible read. Berlie Doherty manages to tell a story that delicately depicts themes of youth, change and conflict but also love and loss all in one fascinating story. - Bristol Evening Post

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ISBN: 9781783449026
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449026
Publication date: 2nd January 2020
Author: Berlie Doherty
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic

About Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty is one of the UK’s favourite children’s authors. She has been writing for over twenty years and is published in more than twenty languages. She is a prolific writer of novels, storybooks, picture books, and plays. Berlie lives in Derbyshire Photo © Hamish Hamilton To read a question and answer session with Berlie Doherty please click here.  

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