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?
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