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23 September 2017

Author Emma Carroll surprises our book clubbers

On Tuesday this week, book clubbers from Years 6 and 7 gathered in the Library to chat about the book that they had read over the summer, Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

They certainly didn’t expect to be greeted by the author herself who had come along to join in. What a lovely surprise!

In Letters from the Lighthouse , Olive and her family find themselves caught up in the Blitz in London in 1941. As a result, she and her brother Cliff are sent away to the Devon coast as evacuees, but at the same time a mystery begins to unfold regarding the mysterious disappearance of Olive’s elder sister, Sukie. Our book clubbers were delighted to hear Emma talk about the inspiration behind her story. She had been struck by the plight of refugees around the world today, and the theme of people being forced to leave their homes and all that they know is one that resonates throughout the book.

There was much laughter as Emma talked about the wartime recipes that feature in the story, including carrot fudge, and bananas made from parsnips. If you haven’t tried them, her advice is don’t bother; they are revolting! Fortunately for us however, there were no such wartime dishes on offer at Book Club and Liz and her team had provided a magnificent spread of cakes for us to enjoy. They were delicious.

Emma kindly answered questions from our book clubbers who were keen to find out more about her writing and in particular, what she is working on at the moment. Emma revealed that her next story, The Lost Boy, is going to be set in 1922 and is based around the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The children were intrigued to hear more about her research and in particular by the grisly fact that Tutankhamun’s heart had been removed after his death, contrary to the custom in Ancient Egypt of removing all organs except for the heart.

Asked by one aspiring author for her tips on writing stories, Emma recommended reading lots and lots of different kinds of fiction “so that your head is full of stories”. She was keen to find out what King’s Hall readers had made of Letters from the Lighthouse . Here are some of the comments:

Daisy: “It is one of my favourite books in the world.”

Maisie: “It was gripping because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Sukie.”

Gus : “In the story there were more and more mysteries but you found out all the answers in the end.”

All in all, it was a very memorable afternoon and a great way to celebrate the joy of reading.

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