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The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner
  

The Double Shadow

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What if you could capture your memories and store them safely, then edit out the bad bits and live forever in the good parts of your past? That is what Arnold Ruben wants to do. He builds the Memory Machine with his daughter’s childhood at its heart, but as with all such great inventions something goes wrong. This novel starts as a wistfully charming exploration of teenage love and rebellion, a coming-of-age romance elegantly told and well perceived. Half way through this changes style completely as a nightmare dreamscape unfolds as seventeen year old Amaryllis is trapped in her father’s machine. Outside time, away from any tangible reality, she waits for … she doesn’t know what. Outside the Second World War has swallowed the golden days of childhood for her lover Ezra, who searches for years in an effort to find her. A strange and enthralling tale expertly told.

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The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner

Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father's plan. Against the tense backdrop of the second World War Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted.

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One of those haunting books that will be remembered by the reader for a lifetime * SFX Magazine * This is one of those rare gems that can easily become a classic. * LIBRARIAN LAVENDER * Typically brilliant ... an unusual and constantly challenging story * The Independent * Gardner is a true artist and original ... The writing is thrillingly vivid, dramatic and makes for a serious treat which keeps readers on the edge of their seats all the way to the end * The Times * Strikingly original * The Independent * What a mysterious and haunting book ... terrifying and fascinating in equal measure * The Bookseller * At times the writing is almost too good -- so visual, so visceral that you can feel the green fog of captured memories seeping out form the pages * The Sunday Telegraph * Remarkable ... lyrical ... unpredictable * The Times * An extraordinary novel of unusual grace and power * The Daily Telegraph * A rich and compelling book ... a tour de force * School Librarian * Extraordinary -- one of those rare novels published for young readers where we are admitted to a secondary world charged with its writer's exceptional intelligence of both mind and emotion * Books For Keeps * Exciting and fulfilling * Carousel * Astonishing * The Guardian * A paranormal teen romance with a rare philosophical depth * Financial Times *


About the Author

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.

Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West ('The Wire') has bought the film rights to both titles.

Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who Could Fly, which are also available as audio books.

She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes.

The Double Shadow is published in November 2011.

Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for Dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it's not a disability, but a gift.

If you'd love to know more about Sally, click here to download a more detailed biography and Q&A.

To see a video of Sally talking about her book Fairy Shopping - CLICK HERE

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Publication date

12th March 2015

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Sally Gardner

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Publisher

Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
NewGen - YA Fiction
Historical Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781780620367

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