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McKay has a genius for comedyFarce and genuine soft-hearted concern here mix wonderfullyMcKay has... Read More

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McKay has a genius for comedyFarce and genuine soft-hearted concern here mix wonderfullyMcKay has created a boisterous, chaotic family which always makes me want to rush out and adopt three sistersThe Exiles is a delightI can't think of a girl aged between eight and eighteen who wouldn't enjoy this little gem of a bookThe characters are beautifully developed . . . recorded with such humour and sensitivity that it is an engrossing, sometimes laugh-out-loud storyReaders will be tickled by the children's attempts to evade their canny grandparent and will be touched by the affection that blossoms between generations despite initial clashes of wills.McKay has a real gift for amusing dialogue and descriptions. A delightful debut.A delightful, funny and heartwarming story about family and the beautiful relationship the young can share with the old.

The Exiles was the winner of the 1992 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and is the first novel in Hilary McKay's wonderfully witty and warm The Exiles series.

Ruth, Naomi, Rachel and Phoebe Conroy love reading and having fun more than anything else. So the sisters are horrified when they learn that their parents are sending them away to Cumbria for the summer, to stay with their fearsome grandmother: Big Grandma. Big Grandma is strict, makes them do chores and doesn't let them have any fun – but worst of all, she refuses to let the girls read any books. Determined to enjoy their summer, the sisters decide they aren't going to put up with their grandmother's tough regime, and in doing so they somehow manage to cause inordinate amounts of chaos . . .

But as the girls search for alternatives to Big Grandma's way of life they slowly start to understand its appeal, just as she starts to understand them. Are the two generations more alike than they think?

Hilary McKay is an award-winning author, having won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her first novel, The Exiles, and going on to win the Smarties and the Whitbread (now the Costa) Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings. Her 2018 title The Skylarks' War marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and was the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. It is a classic in the making.

Immerse yourself in this warm, witty and charming series from award-winning author Hilary McKay, perfect for girls aged 9-13. The first book in the series, The Exiles, won the 1992 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and its sequels, The Exiles at Home and The Exiles in Love, are just as fantastic.

Ruth, Naomi, Rachel and Phoebe Conroy are four delightfully troublesome sisters who manage to cause mischief and chaos – whether intentional or not! – wherever they go. Whether they are staying with their Big Grandma for the summer in Cumbria, thinking up hare-brained money-making schemes or falling in total, all-consuming love with multiple men, you're sure to have fun with the Conroys!

'McKay has a genius for Comedy.' The Sunday Times

'The Exiles are a delight.' Guardian

Product Details

Title: TheExiles
Author: Hilary McKay
SKU: BK0442062
EAN: 9781529011562
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Hilary McKay is a critically acclaimed award-winning author. She won the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Exiles, and the Smarties and the Whitbread Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel respectively. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings. Her 2018 title, The Skylarks' War, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and was the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. It is a classic in the making.

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