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THE PINK HOUSE By ALAN KENNEDY
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The final book in a trilogy which includes The Boat in the Bay and The Broken Bell. The Pink House finds the children growing apart. Poppy must chose between painting and adventure as the others... More > discover a lost lake in a secret valley. The decision to stay behind and begin her first painting changes her life for ever as, too late, she discovers the dreadful consequence of their discovery. Set in the South of France between the wars, the action is seen through the eyes of children confronting an adult world they never quite understand. At one level an adventure story, at another, a spellbinding account of a child's first steps in the dark world of art and artists. A book about the power of art that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.< Less
A Time to Tell Lies By ALAN KENNEDY
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In the morning of Tuesday November 10, 1942, near a small village in SW France, the scheduled pickup for a Special Operations Executive agent goes terribly wrong. Alex and Justine, agents with a life... More > expectancy measured in weeks, find themselves entangled in a desperate project they never fully understand. They are also lovers. Trained to lie to their wartime masters and to the enemy, they must contemplate lying to each other. A Time to Tell Lies, Alan Kennedy’s fifth novel, continues the story begun in Lucy, described by Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, Courtauld Institute of Art, as: “A haunting and captivating love story ... a skilfully articulated plot which holds the reader from start to finish. At its heart is the exploration of the young artist’s creative imagination as she struggles to come to terms with the banal horrors of war and her own engulfing emotions.”< Less
LUCY By ALAN KENNEDY
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Lucy is a painter. She has everything: fame, money and reputation. She also has Oscar. At least, he has always been there. One fine day, she will do something about that. It was, as she says, hardly... More > a love affair, more a kind of marriage. Perhaps, even war-torn France is safe enough on the Oscar front. But Lucy is deceiving herself. Set before and after the second world war in London, Edinburgh, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Dundee and a remote village in war-time France, two painters struggle to come to terms with the casual brutality of war. A love story. Alan Kennedy’s fourth novel - a masterly account of love, loss and reconciliation. “A haunting and captivating love story. A skilfully articulated plot which holds the reader from start to finish. The exploration of the young artist’s creative imagination as she struggles to come to terms with the banal horrors of war and her own engulfing emotions.” Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, Courtauld Institute of Art.< Less
The Broken Bell By ALAN KENNEDY
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The Broken Bell, the second book in Alan Kennedy’s Boat in the Bay trilogy. When he arranges a surprise holiday for the children Uncle Albert imagines he can look after them well enough. But... More > before this story ends he is the one who needs looking after. Set on a remote island off the coast of southern France, an idyllic holiday gradually becomes a terrifying race against time, building to a dramatic climax. The Broken Bell also gives us the first glimpse of Poppy the painter, hardly aware of her own incredible talent, torn between the magic world of art and artists and her life with the others. But the hero of this book is the youngest of all. Ian never completely understands what is going on, but he is the one who finally discovers the secret of the broken bell. For readers of any age. “The writing is assured … the implied reminders of the Swallows and Amazons series again add another dimension and are a delight” – Julian Lovelock, The Journal of the Arthur Ransome Society.< Less
THE THINGS THAT ARE LOST By ALAN KENNEDY
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"It will all have gone. Erased. Forgotten. Like throwing letters in the fire." The completion of Alan Kennedy's WW2 trilogy takes up the story one year after the events of A Time to Tell... More > Lies. Following the disastrous visit to John Cabot in Oxford, Justine has vanished. Alex, posted to a Spy School in Scotland, finds life a kind of benign imprisonment. The Things That Are Lost chronicles the efforts of these two played-out SOE agents to rediscover each other. Set against the backdrop of the liberation of Paris in August 1944, they are aided by Madeleine, a woman haunted by the war-time compromises that have kept her alive. A love story exploring one of the most shocking secrets of the City of Light under German occupation. A secret so disturbing that, even now, Paris has decided it is best forgotten.< Less
OSCAR & LUCY By ALAN KENNEDY
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Oscar was one of those people cursed to live in interesting times; indeed, times interesting enough for a dozen normal lives. He was the architect of extraordinary – even heroic - deeds, yet... More > they are completely forgotten now. He must be counted along with people who shaped the history of the 20th Century. Someone who played a key role in the allied victory in WWII, but is now completely unknown. A psychologist who worked with giants, someone who made crucial discoveries yet came to distrust the discipline and finally disown it. The history of Oscar’s move from brilliant physics graduate to disillusioned professor perfectly illustrates fault lines in the infant discipline of psychology: problems that have remained unsolved for a century.< Less
The Boat in the Bay By ALAN KENNEDY
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It is July 1929. Four children arrive for a holiday to find their cottage locked up, the lake flooded, and their little boat inaccessible. Their boating holiday seems over before it had begun. ... More > Initially, this might be the story Arthur Ransome never got round to writing. But these children do not lead a charmed life. They are given to making mistakes and things do not invariably turn out well. Problems that appear solved turn out to be the seeds of something altogether out of control. In a terrifying climax, the children discover the secret of the old boat moored in the bay, but at an awful cost. When courage and resourcefulness are spent there is only luck to draw on, and it is uncertain who will survive. The Boat in the Bay is a book about a time when children roamed the earth. In the same series, The Broken Bell and The Pink House, with the same cast of characters, offer a spellbinding account of a child's first steps in the dark world of art and artists.< Less

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