The Last Kings of Sark (Paperback)
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The Last Kings of Sark (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 01/05/2014
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'My name is Jude. And because of Law, Hey and the Obscure, they thought I was a boy.' Jude is twenty-one when she flies in a private plane to Sark, a tiny carless Channel Island, the last place in Europe to abolish feudalism. She has been hired for the summer to give tuition to a rich local boy called Pip. But when she arrives, the family is unsettling- Pip is awkward, over-literal, and adamant he doesn't need a tutor, and upstairs, his enigmatic mother Esme casts a shadow over the house. Enter Sofi: the family's holiday cook, a magnetic, mercurial Polish girl with appalling kitchen hygiene, who sings to herself and sleeps naked. When the father of the family goes away on business, Pip's science lessons are replaced by midday rose and scallop-smuggling, and summer begins. Soon something surprising starts to touch the three together. But those strange, golden weeks cannot last forever. Later, in Paris, Normandy and London, they find themselves looking for the moment that changed everything. Compelling, dark and funny, The Last Kings of Sark is tale of complicated love, only children and missed opportunities, from an extraordinary new writer.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844089307

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I'd call this a novel of two halves - the first half I absolutely fell in love with. I've never been to Sark (had never heard of it, before reading this book) but I feel like I know it - Rankin-Gee conjured... More

Paperback edition
8th September 2014
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“A summer in the sun remembered.”

I was lucky enough to have a review copy of this book sent out to me and am so pleased that I didn't delay in reading it. Once I started I found it impossible to put down and finished it in less than a day. The... More

Hardback edition
1st December 2013
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“If you want to get lost in a book, this is the one”

On the first page I was sucked in. The imagery and the detail of the book takes you into another world. You will find youself flipping the pages faster than you thought. This is a wonderful story that will keep you... More

Hardback edition
23rd November 2013
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