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On the Scottish island of Skua, friendship develops between the lonely and mysterious Perdita and a blind girl, Janey. Both possess a kind of second sight – Janey’s is the ability to hear, feel and remember more than others, and Perdita’s is the ominous legacy of her being a witch’s daughter. When Janey’s brother, Tom, starts investigating a cluster of mysterious events and suspicious characters, all three become entwined in an adventure of hidden jewels, desperate criminals and dangerous detection.
Written in 1963, The Witch’s Daughter showcases Nina Bawden’s innate regard for the integrity of her young characters. As she has said: ‘I like writing for children. It seems to me that most people underestimate their understanding and the strength of their feelings and in my books for them I try to put this right.’ Hugely admired on publication by both reviewers and readers, it was described as ‘thrilling’ by the Times Literary Supplement.
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