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Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy
  

Shoes for Anthony

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A gloriously evocative and touching read, capable of chattering with energy one minute and settling into an expressive silence the next. It feels as though the author has a cherished connection to the memories of 11 year old Anthony during the Second World War; she skillfully captures his playfulness, excitement, bewilderment and fear. The Welsh mining village and surrounding hills where Anthony lives is brought vibrantly to life, full to the brim with gossip, bustle and affection. The villager’s war is fought on the home front; from the inadequately provisioned home guard, to the men down the mine and most intimately of all, in the mind of one small boy. Through the smiles, laughter, sorrow and tears this novel leaves a satisfying feeling of warmth, and is quite simply a joy to read. ~ Liz Robinson

One of our Books of the Year 2015.

Synopsis

Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy

From the author of bestselling The Tent, The Bucket and Me, now a BBC1 comedy series, THE KENNEDYS. As the youngest in a family of six, all eleven-year-old Anthony wants is a pair of shoes to call his own. Instead he's condemned to wear a pair of hand-me-down wellies that may or may not be haunted. When war comes to his small, impoverished mining village, life starts to get more exciting: there are American soldiers, his sister has joined the WAAF - Mrs Reece even has a banana! But it is only when a foreign plane crashes into the Welsh hillside that Anthony and his gang discover what war is really about...

Reviews

'Moving, memorable and magnificent' -- Clare Balding

'Heart-warming, evocative, I couldn't put this down. Utterly brilliant.' -- Katie Fforde

'The most wonderful book about poverty in the mines, family and this little boy who had to wear Wellingtons' -- Mary Berry

'moving debut' Marie Claire

'a warm and funny novel' Red

About the Author

Emma Kennedy

Emma Kennedy is the author of nine books, including bestsellers The Tent the Bucket and Me and I Left My Tent in San Francisco. She has also written the Wilma Tenderfoot series for children. She has adapted The Tent the Bucket and Me for BBC1, renamed The Kennedys and is a regular writer on CBBC's Strange Hill High and Dangermouse. She is also an actress and has appeared in many award winning comedies including Goodness Gracious Me, People Like Us and Miranda. She is the Fun Editor at Tatler, won Celebrity Masterchef in 2012 and is a Guinness World Record holder.

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Publication date

30th June 2016

Author

Emma Kennedy

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Publisher

Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Second World War fiction

ISBN

9780091956639

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