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The Double Shadow - Sally Gardner

The Double Shadow - Sally Gardner

Title: The Double Shadow

Author:  Sally Gardner

ISBN:  9781780620121

Weight:  990 g

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The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner

Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain.  But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place.  Something has gone terribly wrong with her father’s plan.

Against the tense backdrop of the second World War Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted.

Peer & Press Reviews

Sally Gardner’s astonishing new novel for older teenagers The Double Shadow is intriguing, shocking and very funny.  Gardner creates a cast of wonderful characters in rich, inventive and evocative prose.

Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

In an era when novels by Mann Booker winners are expected to ‘zip along’, thank goodness young adult authors such as Gardner aren’t so lacking in ambition.  Her fourth novel, set in 1937 is dramatic and daring…  Memories – their capture, alteration and destruction – form the core of this tale.  A paranormal teen romance with rare philosophical depth.

Suzi Feay, Financial Times

Strongly influenced by TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, and by the early years of Hollywood movies, this outstanding novel plunges us deep into the nature of sanity and the power of love and truth to heal profound psychological wounds.  The writing is thrillingly vivid, dramatic and makes for a serious treat which keeps readers on the edge of their seats all the way to the end.

Amanda Craig, The Times

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