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Penelope Farmer

Teoksen Charlotte Sometimes tekijä

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Image credit: Picture of Penelope Farmer from the back panel of the First UK edition of The CHina People


Tekijän teokset

Charlotte Sometimes (1969) 853 kappaletta
The Summer Birds (1962) 101 kappaletta
A Castle of Bone (1972) 98 kappaletta
Emma in Winter (1966) 64 kappaletta
Eve: Her Story (1988) 24 kappaletta
Thicker Than Water (1989) 22 kappaletta
William and Mary (1974) 16 kappaletta
Penelope (1996) 15 kappaletta
The Virago Book of Grandmothers (2000) 14 kappaletta
August the Fourth (1975) 13 kappaletta
Daedalus and Icarus. (1971) 13 kappaletta
Glasshouses (1989) 12 kappaletta
The Story of Persephone (1972) 11 kappaletta
The Magic Stone (1964) 11 kappaletta
Twin Trouble (Read Aloud) (1996) 10 kappaletta
The Seagull (1966) 10 kappaletta
Year King (1977) 10 kappaletta
Sisters: An Anthology (1999) 8 kappaletta
Away from Home (Abacus Books) (1987) 8 kappaletta
Standing in the Shadow (1984) 7 kappaletta
Dragonfly Summer (1971) 7 kappaletta
Snakes and Ladders (1993) 6 kappaletta
Goodnight Ophelia (2015) 4 kappaletta
The China People (1960) 4 kappaletta
The Coal Train (1977) 2 kappaletta
Granny and Me (Storybooks) (1998) 2 kappaletta
Stone Croc (Racers) (1992) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Twilight Sleep (1927) — Johdanto, eräät painokset377 kappaletta
Stories for Tens and Over (1976) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1997) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
A Book of Girls' Stories (1964) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta

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Westerham, Kent, England, UK
Birmingham, England, UK
Lanzarote, Spain
London, England, UK
University of Oxford (St. Anne's College)
University of London
fiction writer
children's book author
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Penelope Farmer was born in Westerham, Kent, one of twin sisters. She attended boarding school and read history at Oxford University. She did postgraduate work at Bedford College, University of London. Her first book, The China People, a collection of literary fairy tales for young people, was published in 1960. Her first novel for children was The Summer Birds (1963), which was followed by two sequels, Emma in Winter (1966) and the now classic Charlotte Sometimes (1969). Other notable books for young readers include A Castle of Bone (1972), Year King (1977), Thicker than Water (1989), Penelope: A Novel (1993), and Granny and Me (1998). She also writes fiction for adults.




4.5 — this is great. Can see why it left an impact on Robert Smith. A nice creepy, suspenseful story, with period details. Unsurprisingly, very reminiscent of the books I read as a child. Nice bits of existentialism in there, and some almost hallucinatory scenes. Very nicely written.
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thisisstephenbetts | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 25, 2023 |
Charlotte starts at a boarding school for the first time and is allocated a bed in a small dorm room. [return][return]On her first night she sleeps fitfully, and then wakes to a different view outside the window - and everyone calling her a different name! She then swaps bodies and timeframes with a girl called Clare, and between them have to navigate a new school as well as two different timeframes. There is plenty to threaten them both, including the flu epidemic, and the fact that Charlotte could be evauacted to the countryside during the war whilst stuck in Clare's body. Everytime they switch, there's always a chance that they will become "stuck" as the other.[return][return]I have to re-read this as an adult, but remember enjoying it as a child - it was the first book I really remember having a sci-fi/fantasy aspect to it (time travel & switching bodies being such sci-fi staples).[return][return]I dont *think* I knew this was the third part of a series although reading the synopsis of book 1 makes me think i've read that one too.… (lisätietoja)
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nordie | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 14, 2023 |
Although published in 1969, this book felt much older in writing style. This book told the story of Charlotte, who for some reason switched places every other day and became Clare, 40 years in the past. It was convenient that both Charlotte and Clare were at the same boarding school in England. I can see why this book would not have been a popular check out, as least in the 2000's. However, I found the read to be mildly entertaining as it did portray life in England during WWI. 186 pages
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Tess_W | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 28, 2021 |
I read this when I was young but it must have been a library copy because I never had a copy. Memory made it much better than it was, the writing is clumsy and far too modern and misses the beat all too often. Still, there is a little spark here and there, I did feel Charlotte's sense of dislocation at times. The oddest bit was to have the 1918 flu pandemic be such a feature while I am at home in COVID shutdown.
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amyem58 | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2020 |



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