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Fire, Bed and Bone

Henrietta Branford Mick Wiggins



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Walker Books Ltd
01 November 2018
Powerful. Exciting. Original. Celia Rees This award-winning classic speaks back to the divisions of fourteenth century Britain from the perspective of a much-loved hunting dog.

Branford's Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning novel is a moving narrative about injustice, upheaval and survival in fourteenth century Britain. From the point of view of a devoted and sought-after hunting dog, her story focuses on the societal tension and oppression that lead to her beloved masters Rufus and Comfort being arrested for heresy during the Peasants' Revolt, and how she must then struggle to raise her puppy Fleabane and forge a life away from the cruel landlord and violence happening all around her. Ultimately an uplifting story about loyalty and hope.
By:   Henrietta Branford
Cover design or artwork by:   Mick Wiggins
Imprint:   Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   128g
ISBN:   9781406379990
ISBN 10:   1406379999
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 November 2018
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 11 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Henrietta Branford (1946-1999) was a celebrated and cherished author of over a dozen children's books including The Fated Sky and Dimanche Diller. In her lifetime, she was awarded the Guardian's Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Book Prize and was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal; known for her striking characters, unique perspectives and emotive characters, Branford's legacy lives on in her fiction. You can visit her website at

Reviews for Fire, Bed and Bone

Branford's skilful handling results in a thoroughly convincing and totally engrossing novel. A strong and deserving contender for the Carnegie medal. * The Sunday Telegraph * Both I and a 13-year-old tester were lost in admiration for the brilliantly devised Fire, Bed and Bone. * The Times * This powerful tale with its unusual viewpoint is as fresh and exciting today as when first published... Cleverly original, the deceptive simplicity and economy of style makes it immediately accessible to any young reader. * Celia Rees *

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