Winning Year: 1997
Author: Tim Bowler
Title: River Boy

Original Publisher: OUP
Current Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780192754448
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Grandpa is dying. He can barely move his hands any more but, stubborn as ever, refuses to stay in hospital. He's determined to finish his last painting, 'River Boy', before he goes. At first Jess can't understand his refusal to let go, but then she too becomes involved in the mysterious painting. When she meets the river boy himself, she finds she is suddenly caught up in a challenge of her own that she must complete, before it's too late.

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Tim Bowler was born and brought up in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, the setting of his first novel, Midget. On leaving school he studied Swedish and Scandinavian Studies at the University of East Anglia and lived for a while in Sweden. He then worked in a number of fields, including the forestry and the timber trade, and spent seven years as a teacher. By the time he left teaching, Tim had become Head of Modern Languages at a school in Newton Abbot, Devon. Tim is now a full-time writer and lives in Devon.




Beautifully evocative writing which enchants the reader from the first page to the last. Mesmeric word choices inspire would be writers and creative imagery throughout ensure this book will have you searching for other Tim Bowler books.

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