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The Whalebone Theatre

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/08/2023
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The Whalebone Theatre
Beautiful Historical Fiction!
I’m a big fan of early 20th century historical fiction, but this book was something of a mystery to me until it was announced as Fiction Book of The Month ... READ MORE
Megan at Preston
The Whalebone Theatre
An instant classic
The Whalebone Theatre feels like the type of book you return to at least once a year. It focuses on the Seagrave family, and each member is a fully fleshed... READ MORE
Holly at Oldham
The Whalebone Theatre
Beautifully written story in the heart of Dorset
The way the writing style changed as you follow these children growing up and shedding their naivety was just beautiful. There were multiple passages where... READ MORE
Libby Low
The Whalebone Theatre
One of my favourite books of 2023
Starting in the Golden period between the wars we follow three children as they grow up during idyllic English summers only to have their lives irrevocably... READ MORE
Jen at Harrogate

Synopsis

This is the story of an old English manor house by the sea, with crumbling chimneys, draping ivy and a library full of dusty hardbacks. It's the story of the three children who grow up there, and the adventures they create for themselves while the grown-ups entertain endless party guests: the worlds they imagine from books they aren't supposed to read, and the lessons they learn from eavesdropping through oak-panelled doors.

This is the story of a whale that washes up on a beach, whose bones are claimed by a twelve-year-old girl with big ambitions and an even bigger imagination. An unwanted orphan who grows into an unmarriageable young woman, chafing under the confines of her traditional upbringing and fiercely determined to do things differently.

But as the children grow to adulthood, another story has been unfolding in the wings. And when the war finally takes centre stage, they find themselves cast, unrehearsed, into roles they never expected to play. They raised themselves on stories. Now it's time for them to write their own.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241994146
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 40 mm

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The Whalebone Theatre
A wonderful magical journey
This book is all encompassing. I couldn’t put it down. The story, the characters draw you in so that you need to know where their journey takes them. It’s ... READ MORE
Emma Louise Meaden
The Whalebone Theatre
A captivating read
Told across 20 years, this never seems rushed as we spend time in the company of three children in deepest Dorset. From a dysfunctional family, they all d... READ MORE
helen walton
The Whalebone Theatre
A Whimsical Tale with a Slow Burn
The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn is a charming debut that captures the imagination with its whimsical setting and richly detailed prose. The story fol... READ MORE
Ceri Martin
The Whalebone Theatre
...A unique family saga...
***The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn Set in Chilcombe, Dorset in the almost obligatory crumbling manor house . Starting in the twenties era, through... READ MORE
david norman
The Whalebone Theatre
Very Entertaining for the Most Part
The set-up and context for this is really nicely done, making one care about the characters. However, the familiar backdrop of the WW1-interwar- WW2 arc... READ MORE
Derek Duerden
The Whalebone Theatre
Serious Nostalgia
A dreamy forgotten time is the start of this story of lives changed due to two world wars. The innocence of childhood is overtaken by world events followin... READ MORE
Judith Morrison
The Whalebone Theatre
Brilliant book
Brilliantly written story of a family: starting in the post war 1920s , adults hungry for joy and oblivion in a bohemian jazz age. Wealth and endless parti... READ MORE
Sophie Artemis