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The Week at World’s End

Emma Carroll

The hotly anticipated new standalone from the Queen of Historical Fiction, Emma Carroll, in hardback for the first time!

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The hotly anticipated new standalone from the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Historical Fiction, Emma Carroll.

Britain, 1962

‘Who are you?’ I asked.
‘You don’t know who I am? You mean, it’s not been on the news?’
The girl glanced from Ray to me and back again.
‘It’s better I don’t tell you,’ she said firmly.

Nothing ever happens in World’s End Close. So when Stevie discovers a runaway girl in her coal shed, the first thing she does is fetch her best friend, Ray. Both are dying for a bit of adventure, and when the girl begs for help, they readily agree.

Yet they soon realise they’ve taken on more than they bargained for. The girl, Anna, reveals she’s on the run from people who are trying to poison her. Meanwhile, on the news, the Americans and Russians are arguing over missiles in Cuba.

As the threat of war grows, Anna’s behaviour becomes more mysterious. And when Stevie unearths a dark family secret, she wonders if Anna has come to World’s End Close on purpose, with a special message just for her . . .

An enthralling thriller, perfect for our tumultuous times.

‘The Hilary Mantel of children’s fiction.’ The Telegraph

‘Rightfully owns the title “Queen of Historical Fiction”.’ BookTrust

‘Historical fiction at its finest.’ Bookseller

‘Echoes of Michael Morpurgo and Nina Bawden.’ The Times

Critic Reviews

Carroll combines thrilling historical action with complex human drama and resonant themes of courage and hope. One of her finest novels to date

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
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Emma Carroll has become one of our best writers of historical fiction for children

The Times, Children's Book of the Week
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If you've never read Carroll's brilliant historical adventures, here's an excellent place to start

Daily Mail
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The queen of historical fiction at her finest

The Guardian
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A superb feat of storytelling

Hilary McKay
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Friendship, family and fear for the future are woven together in The Week at World's End to create a gripping story... Emma brings the world as it was in Britain in 1962 to life

Reading Zone

Once told by poet Ted Hughes her writing was ‘dangerous’, it took Emma Carroll twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try. Nowadays, she’s a bestselling author and the ‘Queen of Historical Fiction’ (BookTrust). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous…

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