Publication Date: 01/10/2019 ISBN: 9780571332816 Category:

The Somerset Tsunami

Emma Carroll

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 01/10/2019 ISBN: 9780571332816 Category:
Paperback / Softback

£6.99 £6.30


Mr B's review

It’s 1616 and Barrow Hall has a new member of staff, hired to teach young Master Spicer how to grow up into a man with a capital M – only this new teacher is a girl in disguise. Fortune Sharpe shrugs off gender stereotypes in her new position, but with the master of this house growing ever more paranoid of witchcraft and the nearby sea threatening to engulf the entire household, she’s got her work cut out, in this page-turner of a historical novel.


A fight for survival against torrential flooding and local superstition from the Queen of Historical Fiction.

A sinking boat . . .
A girl in disguise . . .
A disappearing sea . . .

When Fortune Sharpe carves a boat from a tree with her beloved brother, Gem, she’s only having a bit of fun. But now is not the time for a girl to be drawing attention to herself. She is sent away to find work dressed as a boy. Luckily a rich manor house is hiring.

Yet Barrow Hill’s inhabitants harbour dangerous secrets of their own, the suspicious owner is hunting for witches, and the house itself is a little too close to the sea . . .

‘To read a new Emma Carroll book is to wallow in a warm bath as she expertly combines a thrilling story with local history and characters to root for.’ The Times

‘Carroll’s historical fiction is at its best in this dramatic story . . . A wonderful sense of place and challenging characters.’ Daily Mail, Best Children’s Books of the Year

‘Emma just gets better and better and BETTER.’ Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher & #PrimarySchoolBookClub

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