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Joan Lingard - Author

About the Author

Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was eighteen. She is particularly well-known for her quintet of young adult titles about Kevin and Sadie and their love across the religious divide during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The series begins with The Twelfth Day of July. In 1998 Joan was awarded an MBE for distinguished service to children's literature. She lives in Edinburgh and is married, with three children and five grandchildren.

Featured books by Joan Lingard

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too?

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Kevin and Sadie just want to be together, but it's not that simple. Things are bad in Belfast. Soldiers walk the streets and the city is divided. No Catholic boy and Protestant girl can go out together - not without dangerous consequences ...

Other books by Joan Lingard

Into Exile

Into Exile

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

The third of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books. Protestant Sadie and Catholic Kevin have married and escaped to London - but will they ever really be free of Belfast and its troubles? In this third book about Sadie and Kevin, Joan Lingard has added an understanding of the strains of young marriage to the sombre representation of life in Belfast.

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Kevin and Sadie just want to be together, but it's not that simple. Things are bad in Belfast. Soldiers walk the streets and the city is divided. No Catholic boy and Protestant girl can go out together - not without dangerous consequences ...

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too?

Trouble on Cable Street

Trouble on Cable Street

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2014

The Sign of the Black Dagger

The Sign of the Black Dagger

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2014

One day, Will and Lucy's dad just ... vanishes. They have no idea why he's disappeared until a creepy stranger reveals their dad was keeping a BIG secret. Then there's the second clue: an old diary they find hidden in the walls of their Royal Mile house, with a sinister black dagger on it. Will and Lucy must solve a mystery that's over two hundred years old if they want to find their dad and bring him home. But can they find the answers in time to rescue him? Award-winning author Joan Lingard weaves a fast-paced mystery set in and around Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The story alternates between Will and Lucy, searching for their dad in the present day, and their ancestors William and Louisa, struggling to save their own father while following the sign of the black dagger and uncovering a plot to kill a French aristocrat.

The Egg Thieves

The Egg Thieves

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2014

River Eyes

River Eyes

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Tortoise Trouble

Tortoise Trouble

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Tom and the Treehouse

Tom and the Treehouse

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

What Holly Did

What Holly Did

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2012

The Lost Sister

The Lost Sister

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2011

The Chancery Lane Conspiracy

The Chancery Lane Conspiracy

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

What to Do About Holly

What to Do About Holly

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2009

The File on Fraulein Berg

The File on Fraulein Berg

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2008

The Eleventh Orphan

The Eleventh Orphan

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

After You've Gone

After You've Gone

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2008

Beautifully written and emotionally charged, After You've Gone is a fascinating account of one woman's struggle to find happiness and independence in 1920s society. When Willa met Tommy Costello, a handsome, smooth-tongued sailor, she thought he had finally found what she was looking for. With no family of her own, Willa longed for unity, love and adventure. Tommy appeared to offer her all of that. But life is never simple - Now a wife and mother, Willa is left behind with her controlling mother-in-law when Tommy begins a year-long round-the-world tour with the Navy. Her only escape is through reading books. And it is at the local library that she meets Richard Fitzwilliam, whose friendship gradually begins to change Willa's life. Despite her initial reluctance, she finds herself beginning to enjoy - even prefer - the new life being offered to her. But how long can it last, as Tommy's steady progress around the world will eventually bring him back home?

Kevin and Sadie: The Story Continues

Kevin and Sadie: The Story Continues

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

A collection of the last three Kevin and Sadie titles: Into Exile, A Proper Place, Hostage to Fortune. Each book can be enjoyed on its own as a stand alone story and, together with Across the Barricades and The Twelfth Day of July, these books make up the full story of two children, Kevin and Sadie, whose love crosses the barriers of conflict-torn Belfast.

Tilly And The Badgers

Tilly And The Badgers

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Who is making badgers fight dogs for sport near Tilly's home? Do the new boy at school and his family have anything to do with it? Tilly and William are determined to find out.

Encarnita's Journey

Encarnita's Journey

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2006

This is the stunning new novel from the author of The Kiss . It is 1920 and the beautiful village of Yegen, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, awakens to a new year and two events that are to change the pueblo for ever: the birth of Encarnita, a beautiful dark-eyed girl; and the arrival of the British writer Gerald Brenan and his string of artistic and literary visitors, including Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington. Growing up in Yegen, and taught English by Brenan, the beautiful Encarnita longs for the world outside the small pueblo - the stories Brenan and his friends tell her spark her imagination. And so begins her long journey, from the Sierra to Edinburgh, where eighty years after her birth, she will have one last story to tell. Exquisitely written, Encarnita's Journey is a tale as beautiful as its Spanish setting, with touches of true insight into the lives of its literati cast and dark-eyed heroine.

Oxford Playscripts: Across the Barricades

Oxford Playscripts: Across the Barricades

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Kevin is Catholic. Sadie is Protestant. In Belfast they are supposed to be enemies - so what chance do they have when they fall in love?

Natasha's Will

Natasha's Will

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2000

Natasha's story is set against the background of the Russian Revolution as she and her family flee persecution. Her story is dramatically and cleverly linked with the present as her heirs search for her will. The will can only be found through a trail of literary clues from classic children's books.

Across The Barricades

Across The Barricades

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/1975

Winner of the West German Award, Buxthuderbulle.

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