Frost Hollow Hall: 'The Queen of Historical Fiction at her finest.' Guardian

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Frost Hollow Hall: 'The Queen of Historical Fiction at her finest.' Guardian

Frost Hollow Hall: 'The Queen of Historical Fiction at her finest.' Guardian

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There was a vacancy for a parlour maid, at Frost Hollow Hall, and, though Tilly had no experience and didn’t make the best first impression, she got the job.

At the start of the novel, Tilly works as a ‘pupil-helper’ at her local school, ‘cleaning slates and carrying coal and showing the young ones how to read’. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today.When Will, the butcher’s boy, dared Tilly to go skating on the ice at Frost Hallow Hall she was anxious. The ice breaks and Tilly soon slips through and it seems certain she too will succumb to its icy depths until a hazy figure appears to her underneath the ice and pushes her back up. Because an angel, the most beautiful, the most magical, thing that Tilly had ever seen, caught her and pushed her up out of the water. It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything. At the beginning you have this ghostly and spirit vibe and then towards the end you could it was like Romeo and Juliet, both lovers dying because of stupid decisions that their parents made.

Tilly is a fantastic heroine, as feisty as Pullman’s Lyra Belacqua and as brave as Borrough’s India Bentley. Vielen Dank an Netgalley/den Verlag für die Bereitstellung eines kostenlosen digitalen Leseexemplars! He is due home from ‘a stint on the railways’, bringing with him much needed money to pay the family’s rent.Auch wenn das Tempo an sich eher langsam ist und keine große dramatische Wirkung entfaltet, blieb die Spannung für mich immer bestehen. I knew this book would be an easier read due to it being aimed at children but what I didn’t expect was how it was full of emotion and the characters complex feelings…… and yes, why shouldn’t children read this! I was at my last school for 4 years and we had ********* book fairs every term – and every term, I was disappointed by the narrow range of books. Emma Carroll also describes the settings in such fine detail that you can imagine that you are there and feel the creepy atmosphere. It’s a place beckoning both Tilly and her friend, Will, in – luring them towards secrets and ghosts: ‘It had got colder.

This is a charming story which, despite dealing with dark themes of grief, poverty and death, remains light-hearted and hopeful. But rather than being too mawkish (despite some scenes which are desperately sad, not to mention the spine tingling moments) this is a book about letting go - setting free the living and the dead so that those left behind can carry on, to find their own way and happiness. As soon as she becomes fascinated with Kit and how he came to drown, however, she takes up a place as a housemaid at Frost Hollow Hall so that she is able to find out more about him. The other characters are also interesting, particularly the hosekeeper, Mrs Jessop, who is a paradox of forboding and maternal personalities, appearing to be hiding secrets of her own. The sense of time and place are well established, as is the Higgins’ family dynamic and the relationships between the characters.

Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes. Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do. The story is told through Tilly's voice and the author has captured this brilliantly, you completely believe in the character because she is so well written.

You can’t review this book without mentioning the gorgeous cover, which has a real Christmas feel to it. My favourite character is Tilly Higgins because she is an adventurous girl who is hard on the outside but really a kind hearted person on the inside.You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods.

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