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Shoes for Anthony

by Emma Kennedy

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Feel-Good Fiction Historical Fiction

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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.

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Shoes for Anthony Synopsis

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...

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Shoes for Anthony Press 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

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ISBN: 9780091956639
Publication date: 30/06/2016
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780091956622
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091956639
Publication date: 30th June 2016
Author: Emma Kennedy
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Second World War fiction,

About 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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