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The Whalebone Theatre - Joanna Quinn

The Whalebone Theatre - Joanna Quinn
 The Whalebone Theatre - Joanna QuinnThe Whalebone Theatre - Joanna Quinn 

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Title: The Whalebone Theatre

Author:  Joanna Quinn

ISBN:  9780241542835

Weight:  990 g

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The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

‘Maudie, why are all the best characters men?’
Maudie closes the book with a clump.  ‘We haven’t read all the books yet, Miss Cristabel.  I can’t believe that every story is the same.’

Cristabel Seagrave has always wanted her life to be a story, but there are no girls in the books in her dusty family library.  For an unwanted orphan who grows into an unmarriageable young woman, there is no place at all for her in a traditional English manor.

But from the day that a whale washes up on the beach at the Chilcombe estate in Dorset, and twelve-year-old Cristabel plants her flag and claims it as her own, she is determined to do things differently.

With her step-parents blithely distracted by their endless party guests, Cristabel and her siblings, Flossie and Digby, scratch together an education from the plays they read in their freezing attic, drunken conversations eavesdropped through oak-panelled doors, and the esoteric lessons of Maudie their maid.

But as the children grow to adulthood and war approaches, jolting their lives on to very different tracks, it becomes clear that the roles they are expected to play are no longer those they want.  As they find themselves drawn into the conflict, they must each find a way to write their own story…

Peer & Press Reviews

The Whalebone Theatre has all the makings of a classic.  And Cristabel Seagrave is the most gratifying hero.  The war scenes often left me breathless: they are as good as you will ever read.  A wonderful debut.  Actually, a tour de force.

Sarah Winman, Author of Still Life

Utterly captivating.  An epic romp with characters you cannot help but fall in love with and a plot that takes you in all sorts of unexpected directions.  Written with great heart, humour and humanity, it’s the kind of book you want to escape normal life to read at every available opportunity.

Elizabeth Day, author of Magpie

Quinn’s story passes like a fabulous pageant, richly coloured and packed with incident, taking us from the lonely and unorthodox Dorset childhood of the extraordinary Christabel to the poignant aftermath of her heroic Second World War.  Quinn has a sublime touch: Cristabel and her troupe are unforgettable, as riotous in comedy as they are heart-breaking in tragedy.

Frances Liardet, author of We Must Be Brave

Bibliographic Info

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Title The Whalebone Theatre
Book Features
Edition / printing Independent bookshop exclusive first edition, first printing
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These copies have a signature page tipped-in before the title page.  Printed on this page is the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’, the author’s name, the month / year of publication, the logo and name of the imprint, and the name of the publisher.

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Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘signed & exclusive edition’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a matt finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could remove some of the surface colour.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Books
Imprint Fig Tree
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241542835
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 546
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 44mm
Packed weight 1.092kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Nancy Turner

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