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Hell & High Water


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  • Hell & High Water 
    Title: Hell & High Water
    Author: LANDMAN TANYA
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 01/02/2016
    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    Price: $24.99
    Publishing status: Active

    This is a tale of intrigue and high drama in England in the 1700s. It is the story of a complicated smuggling net on the coast of North Devon and how Pa and Caleb become entangled in its tentacles. Tanya Landman vividly portrays the life of Pa and Caleb as they travel with their puppet Punch and Judy show. However Pa is wrongly arrested for theft. Caleb is devastated but makes his way north, as his father instructed, to the coast of Devon to his father’s sister and the family he didn’t know existed. There are so many secrets. So many mysteries and so many twists and turns in this story. Caleb comes to care deeply for his new family, his aunt, her baby daughter and her stepdaughter, the strong willed Letty for whom he grows to care deeply. However their life is harsh and made precarious by the overwhelming corruption and power of the wealthy landowner. The plot is complicated and fast moving and there are many mysteries but the characters come to life. For Caleb, who is dark skinned, why did Pa always refuse to talk about his mother? Who was the body washed up on the beach that Caleb discovers. This is rich, intelligent historical fiction. At times it is grim but there is also a lot of humour, especially in the Punch and Judy shows at the beginning and end of the novel. In spite of the portrayal of the corruption and greed, there are also engaging and caring characters, especially Caleb and Letty. There are also beautiful, vivid descriptions of the sea, its power and at times its stark beauty. Highly recommended. (12–17 years) KS

    ISBN: 9781406356618
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