Winning Year: 2005
Author: Mal Peet
Title: Tamar

Original Publisher: Walker Books
Current Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1406303941
In Print

This is an enthralling and multi-layered novel that traces the story of two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two. It looks at the negative impact that war has on those involved and on succeeding generations. Guilt and its ramifications lie at the heart of this well-written and serious novel that skilfully interweaves past and present.

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Mal grew up as a member of a functionally impaired family on a council estate in a one-horse market town in north Norfolk. The three things that kept him sane were: bikes; books; football. The bike took him great distances (Norfolk is, famously, flat, although there are hills that can sneak up on you). Books took him further away, often to islands - Treasure Island, Coral Island, and wherever it was that the Swiss Family Robinson found themselves.
He also loved comics, and originally wanted Keeper to be a graphic novel. As for football, by the time he was sixteen, he was playing at least three full matches a week - for his school, for his county, and for the town.

After university he had some lost years, like many of his peers. He tried teaching to start with. Then he quit and went on walkabout. He worked in a hospital mortuary. And he lived with a bunch of gypsies who did dodgy tarmac. He came to Devon because He liked the sound of it and worked on building sites. He went to Canada and worked with a road crew consisting of mad Newfoundlanders, North American Indians, Black Americans and exiled Irishmen. There he met a love-sick man in Ontario who wanted someone to share the drive across Vancouver where his girlfriend was. That week-long drive across Canada was one of the best and worst things he has ever done.




Hi i am going to read this book and by the way i am adam smith

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I loved this book with the twists and turns which kept me turning the pages well past midnight. a truly suspenseful book with a beautiful choice of words. unbelievably the keeper is even better!

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Teresa Scragg


This is a book with so many layers, and is a powerful evocation of the second world war in holland, as well as being a gripping story about family secrets. The characterisation is excellent, and these are people you really care about. Beatifully written,this is a story that holds you in its thrall.

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