Title: The Thursday Kidnapping Author: Antonia Forest Publisher: Girls Gone By Publishers Year: 2009 Condition: New
The Thursday Kidnappingtells of a day in the life of four intelligent, articulated and self-reliant children who find that, through the momentary carelessness of one of them, the baby in their charge has been stolen. There is a panic, a search, hopes are raised and disappointed … What is unusual for a book originally published in 1963 is the author’s respect for humanity. She refuses to invent more criminality than can be found in the lonely, envious child of stupid and careless parents, and she expects sensitivity and understanding in her readers.
The Thursday Kidnappingwasoriginally written for a competition, and although it did not win, it has proved very popular over the years. The plot set in Hampstead, London, and Joy Wotton has written an informative, illustrated, introduction on walking through the book. In addition, Sue Sims, Antonia Forest’s Literary Executor, has written a brand new introductory article on the author.