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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781618730404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618730404
  • ASIN: 1618730401
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Dickinson: Peter Dickinson OBE has twice received the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. His latest book is Earth and Air: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Big Mouth House). He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.

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Peter Dickinson was born in Africa, but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of the British satirical magazine, Punch, and since then has earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for adults and children.

Amongst many other awards, Peter Dickinson has been nine times short-listed for the prestigious British Carnegie medal for children's literature and was the first author to win it twice. He has won the Phoenix Award twice for "The Seventh Raven" and "Eva". He won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for "Chance, Luck and Destiny". "Eva" and "A Bone from A Dry Sea" were ALA Notable Books and SLJ Best Books of the Year. "The Ropemaker" was awarded the Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature and was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Peter's books for children have also been published in many languages throughout the world. His latest collection of short stories, "Earth and Air", was published in October and his latest novel, "In the Palace of the Khans" was published in November.

Peter Dickinson was the first author to win the British Crime-Writers Golden Dagger for two books running: Skin Deep (1968), and A Pride of Heroes (1969). He He has written twenty-one crime and mystery novels, which have been published in several languages.

He has been chairman of the UK Society of Authors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was awarded an O.B.E. for services to literature in 2009.


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By Edward on September 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Nearly every Peter Dickinson book is a tour de force, and this is one of my favorites. Like many of them, it juxtaposes two different times, which reverberate and enrich each other. In this case, the first half is set in immediately post-war England, where everything is poised to change (the narrator is a Nancy Mitord-esque debutant); the second half takes events thirty years into the future (she is now shoring up her family's great country house by running it as a tourist attraction and writing bodice-rippers). There's a lively plot, but the highlight of the book is the intelligence of the narrator-- Dickinson creates great female characters-- and of the narrative structure, which means we are first seeing through the eyes of a twenty-one year old, and then revisiting events, family dynamics, social roles, expectations from life, and so on, as a fifty-year old.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P.S.Kosley on August 18, 2014
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Please don't assume to pick out books I might like. You're way off the mark.
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