The Shell House by Linda Newbery

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Greg’s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants. Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg’s contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg’s own feelings of insecurity.

This is a complex and thought-provoking book, written with elegance and subtlety. It will change the way you think.


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About Linda Newbery

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Linda Newbery, winner of the prestigious Costa Award for Children's Literature, effortlessly mixes the old with the new, the past with the present, tragedy with triumph in this hauntingly beautiful novel.Linda Newbery is the acclaimed author of "At the Firefly Gate," S"isterland," "The Shell House," and S"et in Stone," winner of the Costa Award for children's literature. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 354 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, History, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two stories, past and present, twine together in this haunting British exploration of faith and sexuality.

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Her piety is all conventional platitudes, her Christianity does not make her especially humane, and her sudden loss of faith - "Call me faithless," she says bitterly - is equally conventional and fairly unconvincing.

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"A pitch-perfect tale of contemporary teenage life intertwines with an overly dramatic if moving account of a privileged youth's literally life-changing experiences in the First World War," PW said.

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Scenes of Edmund and Alex at the front are compelling, but when Edmund visits his family (whom he now perceives as stifling and shallow) the novel takes on a callow, sniping tone, as in this description of his intended fiancée: "She had a way of looking at him from under her eyelashes, doe-eyed.

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