The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale

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The description was very detailed and precise but lacked the 'oomph' that I was expecting. To me, I find action far more appealing and exciting than description. I am sorry to say that at points the book became tedious and I just couldn't get into it.
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9.21am: business as usual on a high street in England. 9.22am: the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane crash, and even terrorism . . . The people of Heathwick had been preparing for Christmas unaware that many would die, and the rest would be transformed for ever. Travel with them, second-by-second, through the hopes, fears, love, worries, gossip, cruelty, kindness and trivia that dominated their final minute before tragedy struck. And in the everyday story of an ordinary street, look for clues to what happened, and why.
 

About Eleanor Updale

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Eleanor Updale has been writing books since the turn of the century. Before that, she worked in radio and television: mainly on news programmes including The World at One and Newsnight. She is a governor of the children's charity, Coram, and a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She also has a PhD in History. All those interests have influenced this book. Eleanor's Montmorency series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Published January 3, 2013 by David Fickling Books. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Reviewed by ravenpaw on Jul 24 2013

The description was very detailed and precise but lacked the 'oomph' that I was expecting. To me, I find action far more appealing and exciting than description. I am sorry to say that at points the book became tedious and I just couldn't get into it.

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Reviewed by Philip Ardagh on Jan 11 2013

It begins at the end, with the unconfirmed reports of an explosion – or explosions – in an ordinary British town. And so the countdown begins. Chapter by chapter, minute by minute, we edge closer to the tragedy, giving us a snapshot of inhabitants...

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