The Silent Stars Go By (Hardback)Sally Nicholls (author)
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Beautifully crafted with characters so real they leap off the page, Nicholls’s period novel about forbidden love and the cruelty of tradition is destined to become a true festive favourite.
Seventeen-year-old Margot Allan was a respectable vicar's daughter and madly in love with her fiance Harry. But when Harry was reported Missing in Action from the Western Front, and Margot realised she was expecting his child, there was only one solution she and her family could think of in order to keep that respectability. She gave up James, her baby son, to be adopted by her parents and brought up as her younger brother.
Now two years later the whole family is gathering at the vicarage for Christmas. It's heartbreaking for Margot being so close to James but unable to tell him who he really is. But on top of that, Harry is also back in the village.
Released from captivity in Germany and recuperated from illness, he's come home and wants answers. Why has Margot seemingly broken off their engagement and not replied to his letters? Margot knows she owes him an explanation. But can she really tell him the truth about James?
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 361 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm
"Sally Nicholls conjures another era with a miraculous lightness of touch that fills me with joy and envy. Her characters don't just leap off the page, they grab you by the collar, demand your sympathy and surprise you at every turn" - Frances Hardinge
"Gorgeous, poignant, unputdownable. A new Christmas classic" - Hilary McKay
"A gorgeous, festive treat of a story about family, lost loves and finding yourself again after tragedy. Sally Nicholls is brilliant: her writing reads like silk" - Emma Carroll
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