March 2014 New Gen Book of the Month.
A heartbreaking love story set at the Victorian seaside. Crippled Marnie, daughter to a ‘dipper’, a woman who helps Victorian ladies enjoy the seawater, loves the sea. It is here that she feels truly at home. Here she is free from her rough life with her Ma and her Ma’s companion and free from being jeered at for her deformity. It is down on the seashore that Marnie first meets Noah de Clevedon, son of the local landowner. Soon the two of them have a very special relationship but, as their twin stories unfold, it is clear that they want completely different things out of it.
A Piece of Passion from Sarah Odedina, Managing Director, Hot Key Books The Madness is a deliciously dark tale about the unravelling of a young woman's grasp on reality. She falls for the wrong young man. Convinced all he needs is a bit of encouragement from her to understand that she is the right woman for him our heroine doesn't realise that her encouragement has become something altogether more threatening. Until it is just too late to go back. In The Madness Alison has created a really memorable story, one that unfolds at a rollicking pace and a pace that is only picked up further as the reader races towards the terrifying end. This is Alison's second book and it is a tour-de-force.
Sixteen-year-old Marnie lives in the idyllic coastal village of Clevedon. Despite being crippled by a childhood exposure to polio, she seems set to follow in her mother's footsteps, and become a 'dipper', escorting fragile female bathers into the sea. Her life is simple and safe. But then she meets Noah. Charming, handsome, son-of-the-local-Lord, Noah. She quickly develops a passion for him - a passion which consumes her. As Marnie's infatuation turns to fixation she starts to lose her grip on reality, and a harrowing and dangerous obsession develops that seems certain to end in tragedy.
A small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review The Madness. You can read their reviews below.
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
|Publication date:||6th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Hot Key Books|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Thrillers (Children's / Teenage), Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Alison Rattle grew up in Liverpool, and now lives in a medieval house in Somerset with her three teenage children, her partner - a carpenter - an extremely naughty Jack Russell and a ghost cat. She has co-authored a number of non-fiction titles on subjects as diverse as growing old, mad monarchs, how to boil a flamingo, the history of America and the biography of a nineteenth-century baby killer. She has worked as a fashion designer, a production controller, a painter and decorator, a barmaid, and now owns and runs a vintage tea room. A Q&A with ...More About Alison Rattle