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The Closest Thing to Flying (Paperback)
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The Closest Thing to Flying (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 07/02/2019
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Present day: Semira doesn't know where to call home. She and her mother came to England when she was four years old, brought across the desert and the sea by a man who has complete control. Always moving on, always afraid of being caught, she longs for freedom. 1891: Hen knows exactly where to call home. Her stifling mother makes sure of that. But her Aunt Kitty is opening her eyes to a whole new world. A world of animal rights, and votes for women, and riding bicycles! Trapped in a life of behaving like a lady, she longs for freedom. When Semira discovers Hen's diary, she finds the inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past Gill Lewis is the multi-award-winning and best-selling author of novels including Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and A Story Like the Wind. This is her unforgettable tale of friendship, hope, and finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192749482
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 18 mm


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Praise for Gill Lewis Lewis's confident, economical prose takes the reader up, up and away. * The Times *
Vivid, difficult,and satisfying, this is magnificent storytelling. * The Guardian *
The best book I have ever read. I couldnt stop reading it Its the BEST. * Lilybelle, Guardian Childrens Books website *
Lewis produces something very special with each new book. * Daily Mail *
Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope, and the search for freedom. * The Guardian *
Gill Lewis has established herself as the principal contemporary writer of animal stories, combining a vet's knowledge of her subject with a novelist's capacity for character and plot. * Telegraph *

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“Left me wanting to know more...”

Thank you to the publishers for this review copy.
I was very keen to read as I think it might be on the NE Book awards short list for 2019?
This cleverly weaves a few stories together, one from the past and a few... More

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“Empowering and inspiring”

Semira and her mum have had to flee their country, and the way not just this but the surrounding issues - the reasons they fled, the way they had to do it, the control and power someone else now has over them, the... More

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“You NEED to read this!”

First of all I would like to state that I am 27 years old and although I read this book for work as a Children's Bookseller, it was so much more than just a 'children's book'. I was fully absorbed... More

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