Fallen Grace (Paperback)
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Fallen Grace (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 06/06/2011
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Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant's body in a rich lady's coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper's grave. Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound effect upon Grace's life. But Grace doesn't know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune. A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780747599128
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 221 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`If the beach reading season has you craving a novel with bold characters and a zippy pace, consider this slice of young adult Victoriana' * Daily Mail *
`Nobody tells a story like Mary Hooper does. Her ability to make the lives of girls in times past come alive for the modern reader is a special skill. As well as her superb grasp of period settings, she revels in extraordinary and fascinating human stories that cry out to be told. Such lives could not be in better hands' * John McLay, Director, Bath Festival of Children's Literature *
`A sensitive and tautly-plotted novel, intelligently told' * Daily Mail *
`By any standards, an exceptional novel . . . the gift for taking historical situations and making them emotionally engaging is far too rare . . . after six historical novels, this one is Hooper's breakthrough and its characterisation, plotting and atmosphere are first-rate and deserve prizes . . . Not since Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke has there been such a gorgeous evocation of Victorian life - or so satisfying a conclusion' * Amanda Craig, The Times *

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“Bad”

I read half of this book and decided to put it down, it is utterly boring for teenagers. Its also very confussing for young readers, hence why this book is bad for young teenage readers.

Paperback edition
20th November 2011
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Teresa Majury

“Fantastic Historical Fiction”

I must admit to being a big Mary Hooper fan and I've been hooked ever since I read Newes from the Dead. She is a fabulous story teller and as a writer of historical fiction she really immerses the reader in the... More

Hardback edition
6th November 2010
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“An enjoyable victorian teen read.”

Grace and her sister Lily are struggling to survive in Victorian London. Through no fault of her own Grace finds herself pregnant and it is this baby she is on her way to bury at the start of the story. This starts of... More

Paperback edition
29th August 2011
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