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The Closest Thing to Flying

Written by Gill Lewis

The Closest Thing to Flying Synopsis

Present day: Semira doesn't know where to call home. She and her mother came to England when she was four years old, brought across the desert and the sea by a man who has complete control. Always moving on, always afraid of being caught, she longs for freedom. 1891: Hen knows exactly where to call home. Her stifling mother makes sure of that. But her Aunt Kitty is opening her eyes to a whole new world. A world of animal rights, and votes for women, and riding bicycles! Trapped in a life of behaving like a lady, she longs for freedom. When Semira discovers Hen's diary, she finds the inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past Gill Lewis is the multi-award-winning and best-selling author of novels including Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and A Story Like the Wind. This is her unforgettable tale of friendship, hope, and finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

The Closest Thing to Flying Press Reviews

Gill Lewis has established herself as the principal contemporary writer of animal stories, combining a vet's knowledge of her subject with a novelist's capacity for character and plot. * Telegraph * Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope, and the search for freedom. * The Guardian * Lewis produces something very special with each new book. * Daily Mail * The best book I have ever read. I couldnt stop reading it Its the BEST. * Lilybelle, Guardian Childrens Books website * Vivid, difficult,and satisfying, this is magnificent storytelling. * The Guardian * Praise for Gill Lewis Lewis's confident, economical prose takes the reader up, up and away. * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192749482
Publication date: 21st February 2019
Author: Gill Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages

About Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis spent much of her childhood in the garden where she ran a small zoo and a veterinary hospital for creepy-crawlies, mice, and birds. When she grew up she became a real vet and travelled from the Arctic to Africa in search of interesting animals and places. Gill now writes books for children. Her previous novels have published to worldwide critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in the depths of Somerset with her husband and three children and writes from a tree house in the company of squirrels.

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