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Summary

Compelling historical thriller, winner of the Carnegie Medal.

A compelling 15th-century thriller set against the background of the Cotswold wool trade. Rich with period detail, the story of Nicholas Fetterlock's apprenticeship in his father's business and his political betrothal to the daughter of a linen merchant is nonetheless immensely accessible to 21st-century children.

As his father embarks on a deal with Italian Lombards, Nicholas, Cecily and their friend, Hal, unearth a sabotage plot of smuggling and piracy that will have repurcussions all over Europe. But can they find someone to believe their tale before it is too late?

©2016 Cynthia Harnett (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Harnett likes human beings, warts and all; she is, above all, at home with childhood, its frankness and playfulness and exuberance and vulnerability. And she sees it, like the past, as another country. In 1953, aged 12, all I knew was that it was thrilling to read a story about smuggling and skulduggery. First and foremost, Harnett knew how to tell a story. " (Kevin Crossley-Holland, 'Books to Remember' in The Guardian, February 2001)

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Contrary to description this is abridged

Excellent story and good narration but the story is significantly abridged, contrary to the description, and loses some of the pleasure of the tale. The whole is only 2h 38m long. Shame.

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