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The Great Harlequin Grim

Andrew Kindness witnesses a terrible tragedy on the shores of the Duddon Estuary. Unable to help, he grows up tormented by the guilt of his own inaction that day. When his granddad shows him the art of cross-breeding daffodils, Andrew finds solace in the beauty of flowers, but must keep his hobby a secret from Millom’s streetwise gangs. Then Angie, the dazzling girl from the year above, takes an interest in his private passion. Andrew risks everything to become close to her, and in doing so begins to let go of the past’s haunting memories.

‘This beautifully written, understated novel is a compassionate avowal of the human capacity for hope in the face of despair’ The Guardian

‘A riveting read for anyone’ Cumbria Life

‘The landscape is passionately and intricately evoked… A compelling and moving rites of passage story’ Carousel

‘Often funny, often moving, always tense and surprising’ The School Librarian

‘Gripping teen drama’ North-West Evening Mail

'A warm and wonderful story' Mansfield Chad

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2009 CARNEGIE MEDAL AND UK LITERACY AWARD

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PHOTOS CONNECTED WITH THE BOOK
image1 A daffodil cross-breed, similar to the ones Andrew creates in the story.
image2 The tidal warning on Millom beach.
image3 ‘The Slaggy’ – former slagheap, still covered with white rocks.
image4 Graffiti on ‘The Slaggy’, with a view over the estuary.
image5 The nature lagoons where old iron mines were flooded.
image6 ‘The Blocks’ on Millom beach, created to stop the old mines flooding.