Title: Celebrating Antonia Forest
Author: Laura Hicks
Publisher: Girls Gone By Publishers
Did you know that if you own Run Away Home, you do not have the original text as Antonia Forest intended it? Celebrating Antonia Forest includes 50 pages of never-before-published text for Run Away Home, taken from Antonia Forest’s original typescript, together with Hilary Clare’s discussion of the various revisions which Antonia Forest made as she wrote and rewrote her last book. None of the discarded material is available anywhere else.
In addition, Celebrating Antonia Forest includes the fully illustrated conference proceedings from the Antonia Forest Conference held a few years ago. The papers were given by: Barry Carter, who spoke on the place of the Royal Navy in the Marlow series under the title The Navy’s Here!; Hilary Clare, discussing the Marlow family in Marlows Past, Present and Future; Susan Hall, on AF’s use of other authors in Nicola as Reader: the Uses of Fiction within the Marlows’ World; Virginia Preston, taking another view of the role of the Royal Navy in “That long line of happy ships”: Nicola, the Navy and Heroism in the Works of Antonia Forest; Diane Purkiss, historian, on Shakespeare: did Antonia Forest get it Right?; Sue Sims, herself a local resident and also Antonia Forest’s literary executor, on Antonia Forest and Bournemouth, which includes many previously unpublished photographs of the author; Victor Watson, the author and editor of several studies of books for children, including The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English, on Antonia Forest, Classic Novelist; Sheena Wilkinson, the author of a recent study of girls’ fictional school and college friendships, on Friendship in the Novels of Antonia Forest. There is also an Antonia Forest Quiz – with answers!
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