The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat!
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"Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again."
It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes lock, stock and barrel.
Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself...
Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.
The other Boleyn girl
The acclaimed international bestseller of the Tudor court, during the years of Henry VIII s pursuit of Anne Boleyn - and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed.
This chance for us Howards comes once in a century...
1521. Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat. When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes his new mistress, an unwitting pawn in the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn and Howard families.
As Henry s interest begins to wane, the Boleyns scheme to put forward Mary s sister, Anne. Yet Anne Boleyn, newly returned from the French court, won t agree to be Henry s mistress only his wife.
Pitting the king s desperation for an heir against the advice of his powerful advisors, Wolsey and Cromwell, what follows will change the course of a country s history.