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Beautifully written story of love, loss and recovery
Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, Berlie Doherty is one of our finest writers for young people and Deep Secret is a beautifully told story of people, place, changing times and lasting memories. At its heart are two young girls, identical twins Grace and Madeleine, but it’s just as much the story of their community, the people of a small Derbyshire village. It’s 1945, a time of change for the whole country but particularly for the characters in the book: the valley in which they live is to be flooded for a reservoir and they must all leave their homes. Even before the waters arrive, stories float to the surface and we learn so much about the people of the valley and their history. It’s a wonderfully touching description of a lost way of life, and when a tragic event occurs drama and pain follows before finally acceptance and understanding. This is the kind of story that resonates with readers long after the final page, and highly recommended.
Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same. 'There's another world in there.' 'We could float in and out of it.' Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike that even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.
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This is a tragic tale which is beautifully written. The cover is mesmerising, it’s just as beautiful as the actual story. The story had this almost enchanted feel about it. Everything about it was magical and when I was reading it I felt as if I was in another world. This book is perfect if you want to have a break from reality for a little while but be warned it’s extremely hard to put this book down once you pick it up. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone Full review
This book was enchanting and very interesting. I went on an unforgettable journey with compelling characters. Full review
Deep Secret, in my opinion, was a great book. I thought the descriptions of the scenes and people were very exact and they made me imagine a very clear picture in my head and as the book went on it got clearer and more detailed. Full review
We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence - Sunday Telegraph
Berlie Doherty has a magic in her . . . she uses words as if language had just been invented - TES
Berlie Doherty is a superb writer - Scotsman
[Berlie Doherty's] graceful, lyrical prose just floats from the page and you lose yourself in the worlds she creates -- Jill Murphy - The Bookbag
An enchanting and irresistible read. Berlie Doherty manages to tell a story that delicately depicts themes of youth, change and conflict but also love and loss all in one fascinating story. - Bristol Evening Post
|Publication date:||2nd January 2020|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3|
|Topics:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Family Issues, Historical Fiction|
Berlie Doherty is one of the UK’s favourite children’s authors. She has been writing for over twenty years and is published in more than twenty languages. She is a prolific writer of novels, storybooks, picture books, and plays. Berlie lives in Derbyshire Photo © Hamish Hamilton To read a question and answer session with Berlie Doherty please click here.More About Berlie Doherty