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Life An Exploded Diagram

Written by Mal Peet

Books of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers Romance / Relationship Stories

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A sweeping novel exploring the concept of love lasting a lifetime through the stories of three generations of the same family. It looks like a long book but it gathers you in and takes you along with it, so you reach the end much too soon

This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in New York City as a designer, and moves from the past of his parents and grandmother to his own teenage years. Not only the threat of explosions, but actual ones as well, feature throughout in this latest novel from one of the finest writers working today.

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Life An Exploded Diagram Synopsis

Clem Ackroyd lives with his parents and grandmother in a claustrophobic home too small to accommodate their larger-than-life characters in the bleak Norlfolk countryside. Clem's life changes irrevocably when he meets Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, and experiences first love, in all its pain and glory.

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ISBN: 9781844281008
Publication date: 06/06/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844281008
Publication date: 6th June 2011
Author: Mal Peet
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Mal Peet

Mal Peet (June 1947 – 2 March 2015), winner of the Nestle Bronze Medal Award and the Branford Boase Award grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of Warwick. Later he moved to south-west England and worked at a variety of jobs before turning full-time to writing and illustrating in the early 1990s. With his wife, Elspeth Graham, he wrote and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons appeared in a number of magazines. He and Elspeth lived in Exmouth, Devon. Tamar won the Carnegie Medal and is a multi-layered tale of ...

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