Winning Year: 1999
Author: Aidan Chambers
Title: Postcards from No Man's Land

Original Publisher: Bodley Head
Current Publisher: Definitions Paperback
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1862302847
In Print

Rich and complex, this novel weaves together two stories separated by 50 years. Aidan Chambers links the story of a Second World War soldier with that of his grandson and namesake, Jacob, who is visiting Amsterdam for the commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem. Every word is well chosen, and the timing and pace are perfectly handled in this sophisticated book for older teenagers. Issues of euthanasia and sexual identity are raised. This is an emotionally and intellectually challenging book and one that lingers in the mind.

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Aidan Chambers was born in Chester-le-Street in 1934 and moved to Darlington when he was ten. He started writing at the age of fifteen because he "couldn't help it" but was not published until he was thirty. By then, he says, he had "found the real audience I wanted to talk to myself at sixteen and a half." After two years of national service Aidan trained as a teacher and taught for eleven years before becoming a full-time writer. He now lives in Gloucestershire and divides his time between writing, teaching and lecturing in Australia, the USA and Europe.