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Natasha Farrant grew up in the heart of London's French community and currently combines writing with her career as a Literary Scout. She is the author of two successful novels for adults, Diving into Light and Some Other Eden, both published by Transworld. She lives in West London with her husband, two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat. The Things We Did For Love is her first novel for young adults.
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013. A beautiful and bittersweet love story set in the real village of Oradour-sur-Glane which was cruelly and apparently randomly destroyed during the Second World War. Teenagers Luc and Arianne meet and fall in love. Ari is willing to do anything to stop Luc from joining the French Resistance movement but will it be enough? The absolute romance of first love is touchingly captured and made all the more poignant by the terrible circumstance in which it arises.
March 2012 Mega Debut of the Month. A beautiful and bittersweet love story set in the real village of Oradour-sur-Glane which was cruelly and apparently randomly destroyed during the Second World War. Teenagers Luc and Arianne meet and fall in love. Ari is willing to do anything to stop Luc from joining the French Resistance movement but will it be enough? The absolute romance of first love is touchingly captured and made all the more poignant by the terrible circumstance in which it arises. Faber, the publisher of this brilliant debut novel, is looking for short stories, poems or opinion pieces on the theme or love or war (or both). For more details on this take a look on www.facebook.com/thesparkpage - n.b. if you 'like' it you will be able to see all the content.
After her stunning debut novel Diving in to Light Natasha Farrant brings us another beautifully written story with a host of intriguing and well drawn characters. Get the tissues out and the kettle on and settle down with this lovely book.
A family drama full of guilty consciences, secrets and lies. Florence is trying to avoid confronting her past by ignoring the letters her grandmother continues to send her. Full of rich and glamorous characters and beautiful backdrops of the west coast of France this should appeal to fans of Anita Shreve.
Here are eight princesses for the Rebel Girls generation: bold, empowered, full of curiosity, adventure and determined to be true to themselves. Natasha Farrant's original stories are set in different times all around the world, blending modern and traditional storytelling with glowing full colour illustrations by debut artist Lydia Corry in a glorious gift book. 'Mirror, mirror on the wall... what makes a princess excellent?' An enchantress flings her magic mirror into our universe. Reflected in it are princesses who refuse to be pretty, polite or obedient. Through the centuries and around the world these girls are fierce, brave, and determined to do the rescuing themselves. The desert princess protects her people from the king with the black and gold banner. The forest princess takes a crocodile for a pet. An island princess explores the high seas. A mountain princess puts kindness above being royal. And in a tower-block in a city, Princess saves her community garden from the hands of urban developers.
When Alice's family home has to be sold, she and her father Barney will do whatever it takes to buy it back - even if whatever it takes isn't strictly legal. And when Alice is expelled and sent away to an isolated boarding-school, she'll do whatever it takes again to get away. But Stormy Loch Academy isn't quite what she expected. With its strange rules and eccentric headmaster and rag-tag mix of students and teachers, it has a way of growing on you. Still, when Barney goes missing (all that not strictly legal business) she knows she has to rescue him. Armed with two new friends, she sets off on an epic quest through the wild Scottish highlands and islands to finally get her heart's desire - but does she know anymore exactly what that is?Both hilarious and heartfelt, this is the classic adventure story brought bang up to date, and told in Natasha's inimitable voice.
A spirited, witty and fresh reimagining of Jane Austen's Prideand Prejudice! Lydia is the youngest Bennet sister and she's sick of country life - instead of sewing and reading, she longs for adventure. When a red-coated garrison arrives in Merryton, Lydia's life turns upside down. As she falls for dashing Wickham, she's swept into a whirlwind social circle and deposited in a seaside town, Brighton. Sea-bathing, promenades and scandal await - and a pair of intriguing siblings. Can Lydia find out what she really wants - and can she get it?
Bluebell and her siblings are beginning a new school year. Suddenly everyone is freaking out. Twig has taken up violent team sports, poor Jas is being bullied by the ghastly Cupcake Crew and Blue has a big decision to make.There are fights and crying fits. Halloween parades gone wrong and secret graffiti artists. Confusing friendships and life-changing choices. But there is also laughter and above all, there is love - and that's what being a family is all about.
Sommer auf dem Land! Die Geschwister Gadsby verbringen die Ferien bei Grandma, nur Baby Pumpkin ist bei Mum in London geblieben. Nun machen die Geschwister auf Fahrradern und Ponys die Gegend unsicher, schwimmen, lernen neue Jungs kennen und Bluebell verliebt sich sogar (in den Falschen). Doch dann nimmt der Sommer eine ernste Wendung: Grandma wird immer tudeliger und kann bald nicht mehr allein in ihrem abgelegenen Haus leben. Sollen sie etwa das Cottage verkaufen? Das kommt fur die Gadsbys nicht in Frage!
Bei den Gadsbys steht mal wieder alles Kopf: Bluebell hat endlich einen echten Freund, aber irgendwie fuhlt sich das gar nicht so gut an, wie sie dachte. Twig vermisst seine zahmen Ratten, denn Dad hat schusseligerweise den Kafig offen gelassen. Jasmin will unbedingt an einem Gedichtwettbewerb teilnehmen, aber der ist nur fur Erwachsene - klare Sache, sie braucht einen Strohmann! Und Flora - Flora ist unsterblich und dramatisch verliebt. Ohne Zoran wrde ihnen der ganze Laden um die Ohren fliegen!
Bluebells Familie wird taglich verruckter: Die standig uber Wochen abwesenden Eltern; die groe Schwester Flora mit dem Hang zum Drama und den standig wechselnden Haarfarben; Jasmin und Twig mit ihren geliebten Ratten, die sich plotzlich drastisch vermehren (obwohl doch angeblich alle Weibchen waren); der Au-Pair-Student Zoran, der den ganzen Laden mit Wurstchen und gesundem Menschenverstand zusammenhalt. Dann zieht im Nachbarhaus auch noch Joss ein, und er ist doch netter, als Bluebell zuerst dachte ...
France: February, 1944. Arianne knew Luc as a child, of course she did. Everyone in Samaroux knows each other. But he's been away, and five years really makes a difference to a boy. A young man. As they fall headily into love - first love - their world starts to crumble around them. German forces are closing in, and the village is torn between cooperating to save themselves or putting up resistance and entering unknown danger. Arianne will do anything to make Luc stay. Luc wants to prove he is a man. And Romy, who has loved Arianne all the time that Luc has been away, can see a way of removing his rival, at any cost. How far will they go to protect what they believe in? And what will they do for love?