The Double Shadow
By Sally Gardner
London 1937: 17-year-old Amaryllis tries to free herself from the terrifying double shadow of her childhood and forge her own future, but she is trapped in a memory machine created by her father.
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 17th 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.
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK. Sally continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia awareness, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She was recently awarded the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the COSTA BOOK AWARD.
Visit her website at http://www.sallygardner.net, and follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheSallyGardner and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SallyGardner.Author
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05 Mar 2015
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Orion Children's Books
A paranormal teen romance with a rare philosophical depth — Financial Times
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A rich and compelling book ... a tour de force — School Librarian
An extraordinary novel of unusual grace and power — The Daily Telegraph
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At times the writing is almost too good -- so visual, so visceral that you can feel the green fog of captured memories seeping out form the pages — The Sunday Telegraph
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