The Well

Gene Kemp
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ISBN 9780571248391 Format Paperback
Published 22/01/2009 Length 90 pages

About Book

Drawing on the author's memories of her own childhood, Gene Kemp's The Well is the account of Annie Sutton's growing up in a Midlands village during the years before the Second World War. Peopled with Annie's parents, her much-loved if sometimes bossy brother Tom, and three grown-up sisters, this hilarious yet perceptive book captures perfectly Annie's child's-eye view of the world.

It is yet more proof of Gene Kemp's prodigious writing talent; as written in the Guardian, 'Gene Kemp is faultless on the mysterious, transient vocabulary of the young'.

  • About Gene Kemp

    Gene Kemp has established herself as one of the most inventive and imaginative of British children's writers. She was born in 1926 and grew up in Staffordshire. After studying at Exeter University she taught, married and had three children. She is best-known for her Cricklepit School stories, including The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, a winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Rights Award, Charlie Lewis Plays for Time, which was runner-up for the Whitbread Award in 1985, and Just Ferret, which was a runner-up for the Smarties Award in 1990. In addition, she has written The Clock Tower Ghost, Jason Bodger and the Priory Ghost (short stories) and a poetry anthology. She also writes for TV and radio. In 1984 she was awarded an honorary degree for her books, which have been translated into numerous languages. She lives in Devon.

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