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Publication Date: 16 Jun 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Words: 40000
Page Count: 160
Author: Sue Mayfield
ISBN-13: 9780281076413, 9780281076420

Hill of the Angels

By Sue Mayfield
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Hill of the Angels is set during the English Civil War. Twelve-year-old Abigail Booth is the daughter of sheep farmers and textile workers; Grace Fowler is the daughter of the parish priest. They become friends and climb together to the Hill of the Angels, a rocky outcrop where, according to local legend, light creates a pattern of angels on the cave wall. Abigail and Grace meet there and bring beautiful gifts for the angels. However everything changes as the English Civil War breaks out and the families of Abigail and Grace find themselves on opposing sides. Separated from each other by warring ideologies and religious sectarianism, will their friendship survive and will they ever meet again at the Hill of Angels?
About the Author
Sue Mayfield is a writer for children and adults based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Sue won the 2002 North East Book Award for her novel Blue (Hodder Bite) and the 2005 Heartlands Award for Young Adult Fiction for Drowning Anna, the American version of the same book. In 2011 Un an après (the French version of Damage) won the Prix Polar de Jeunesse in France. Her most recent books are Living With Bereavement (2008), First Steps Through Bereavement (2011) and Under the Sea (2012), all published by Lion.

Trained as a teacher, Sue Mayfield has been a regular visitor to schools since the early 1990s, reading from her work and leading writing workshops. She has taught as an Adult Education and WEA tutor and facilitated other people’s writing in community venues including hospitals and museums.
During 2015 she is Writer-in-Residence at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.
Press Reviews

Praise for Blue (2001):
'The most gripping and heart-rending book I have read in a long-time'
'A must-read book'
'Wow! This book was breathtaking.'

Praise for Reckless (2002):

'This is the only book that has ever made me cry. Beautifully told from start to finish.'

Praise for Damages (2006):

'I couldn't put this book down'

- Amazon reviews

The review describes the book as 'Breath taking yet at times brutal'. There is something quite touching and unique about seeing history played out through the innocent and purity of the two young girls. Abigail and Grace are truly inspiring characters who can teach us all how to be a better human beings and more accepting of those whom we share our world. Relevant and memorable, this is a story that will stay with me always.

- Shelley Fellows

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