May 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month.
Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with the ease that only comes from deep familiarity. We know even as they set out that they will never make another trip like this, that it’s the closing moment to one part of their lives. Filled with the sense of hot, dusty days, the lull between end and beginning, this is a classic summertime novel. More than just a coming-of-age story, it perfectly captures a transformative moment in the lives of its three central characters, and turns it into something that rings true for us all. ~ Andrea Reece
Maggie Harcourt and The Bookshop Band are at Hay Fever! Maggie Harcourt’s YA novel, The Last Summer of Us, is the story of a road trip. Of three friends crammed into a clapped-out car full of secrets and regrets, on a journey that will change their lives forever. Set in South Wales, it captures the hazy beauty of a Welsh summer, and what it’s like to grow up in a close-knit community. The Bookshop Band will perform a song inspired by the book, and the author and musicians will discuss the relationship between literature and music, and how they capture moments and memories. 12+ years
Saturday 23rd May 2.30pm, Starlight Stage
Find out more www.hayfestival.com/wales/hayfever
Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer. But no matter how far they drive, they can't escape the hidden secrets and slow-burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship - perhaps forever.
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Publication date: 01/05/2015
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
|Publication date:||1st May 2015|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Like Limpet, Steffan and Jared, Maggie Harcourt was born and raised in Wales, where she grew up dreaming of summer road trips and telling stories for a living. As well as studying Medieval Literature at UCL, Maggie has variously worked as a PA, a hotel chambermaid and for a French chef before realising her dreams and beginning to write full time. She now lives just outside Bath, and still visits Wales to wander the Carmarthenshire beaches and countryside. Read a Q&A with the author here. Photo credit Lou AbercrombieMore About Maggie Harcourt