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Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
  

Red Ink

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June 2013 Debut of the Month Red Ink is an utterly compelling coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth. Though heart-breaking it is ultimately an uplifting novel that's beautifully written and marks out this talented young author as one to watch.

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Red Ink by Julie Mayhew

When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a 'living, breathing' father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has 'The Story'. 'The Story' is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something. Red Ink is a powerful coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth.

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Although Red Ink is billed as a coming-of-age tale, it would be a pity for older readers to dismiss it. There are so many nuances and such precise observations that Red Ink transcends categorisation. I loved it... -- Hope Whitmore * Independent on Sunday * This is a brilliantly observed story of grief, sacrifice and redemption - and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters * Daily Mail * Red Ink is heart-breaking and ultimately uplifting. * We Love This Book * This is a wonderful book about the damage that lies and myths can ultimately do to a family and how the truth, though harsh, really can set you free. * The Bookseller Children's Bookseller's Choice: February * This beautifully-written coming-of-age story is at once heartbreaking, and full of robust humour and hopefulness. Shot through with black comedy, and with a fantastically frank and funny narrator in Melon, this challenging and uncompromising young adult novel interrogates family, identity, memory and the myths and superstitions we create for ourselves. Powerful, unusual and enormously compelling, Red Ink marks out Julie Mayhew as a young adult author to watch. * Booktrust Books We Like: February 2013 * Following her mother's sudden death 15-year-old Melon embarks on a journey of discovery in this darkly funny, emotionally raw coming-of-age debut. * The Bookseller Children's Bookseller's Choice: February * Melon's distinctive voice narrates events past and present and captures the gamut of emotions experienced by a teenager who loses her mother and has to find a new identity. * The Bookseller Children's Bookseller's Choice: February *


About the Author

Julie Mayhew writes plays for radio and the stage. Her short stories are published in the UK and the US, and she is working on a second novel. Julie grew up in Peterborough, studied Journalism at Bournemouth University and trained as an actress at Drama Studio London. She still acts (a bit), mostly for BBC Radio 4. Home is now Hertfordshire, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. Find out more about Julie at www.juliemayhew.co.uk or follow her on Twitter: @Juliemayhew

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Publication date

6th June 2013

Author

Julie Mayhew

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www.juliemayhew.co.uk/

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Publisher

Hot Key Books

Format

Paperback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 16 to 19 years

Categories

Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781471400759

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