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Green, Julia: The House of Light

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Green, Julia: The House of Light

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Green, Julia

The House of Light

Oxford, 2019, pp 256, [pounds sterling]6.99 978 0 19 277156 8

Freedom, fellowship and family are at the heart of Julia Green's latest uplifting novel. Bonnie and her Granda live in isolation in an unnamed totalitarian state where civil liberties are suppressed and village families live in fear of the Border Guard. It's a life devoid of music, creativity and colour, apart from Granda's tales of the Whin Sill islands and her meandering walks along the beach, scavenging for food and fuel. Bonnie's love for her grandfather and aching sense of loss for her mother is deepened when she finds a battered row boat on the beach, with a boy cowering for shelter beneath it. In protecting Ish from the authorities Bonnie realises the only hope is to leave home with her ailing Granda and try to 'go and create a better life', as her mother attempted years earlier. Ultimately, as Bonnie tells Ish, they are both refugees and their loss unites them. …

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