A powerful new novel about the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.
'Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?'
Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance.
Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives.
For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother's: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.
Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of humour, rage and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale and story of a paradise lost and of the powerful bonds of place and time.Buy now
Young Writers Competition!
All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper and your imagination.
There will be separate competitions for each of the following 3 age groups:7-10, 11-13 and 14-17 years. Open to all local schools and home-educated children.
The theme for each competition is SAVE OUR PLANET to be interpreted howsoever entrants wish through prose, poetry, fact or fiction.
The Deadline for submission of entries is 1st JUNE 2020.
Entries should please be taken to Kingsbridge Library within a protective cover, (eg plastic sleeve, folder) accompanied by the following details: entrants name; age; school; title of entry.
The Word Count for each age category is as follows:7-10 years - up to 500 words; 11-13 years - up to 750 words; 14-17 years – up to 1000 words – printed entries preferred, double spaced on A4 paper; however handwritten entries will be accepted provided they are clear and legible.
An Awards Evening will be held in Kingsbridge Library before the end of June at which the winners will be announced – details to follow.
Our Judges : Former Journalist, Radio 4 Producer and local author Felicity Goodall; local independent bookseller Jane Fincham; Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary Club Lead for Young Writer Competition Robert Cattell.
Shortlisted entries in each age group will be displayed at Kingsbridge Library prior to and at the judging event (additional entries may be displayed subject to space)
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