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The Year of the Ladybird | [Graham Joyce]

The Year of the Ladybird

It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began, and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer. As with Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power.
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Publisher's Summary

A ghost story with a difference from the World Fantasy and multiple British Fantasy Award-winning author of Some Kind of Fairy Tale.

It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began, and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer.

As with Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.

Read by Jonathan Keeble. Jonathan combines his audio work with a busy theatre and TV career. He is very proud to have appeared more times (11) at Manchester's prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre than any one else of his age. He has featured in over 500 radio plays for the BBC appearing in everything from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to Dr Who and is also the evil Owen in The Archers. Much in demand for his voicework, this ranges from playing Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral to The Angel of Death in the film Hellboy 2, with stops at all points in between. An award-winning reader, Jonathan has recorded over 100 audiobooks.

©2013 Graham Joyce (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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    WOKING, United Kingdom
    4/28/14
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    "disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend it if the person wanted some fairly lightweight reading It is well written and well read but the story lacks mystery and is predictable. After "Some kind of majic" I had expected a more imaginative story line.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Keeble’s voice?

    Adequate, not good for female voice. Definite difference for each character.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


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  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    12/24/13
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    "A rollercoaster to no-where"

    I really like Graham Joyce' stye of writing and this book has a great pace and mounting tension. The story is sometimes predictable and sometimes not but I felt just peterd out at the end and was a little disappointing.

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