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The Double Shadow

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A girl tries to free herself from the terrifying double shadow of her childhood and forge her own future, but she is trapped in a memory machine created by her father.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Orion (first published November 1st 2011)
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This book really took me by surprise. I didn't realise I would love it quite as much as I did. From the very first chapter, I felt my spine tingling as the picture palace came to life and became a character in its own right. I wanted to follow Amaryllis into the picture house too. From the beginning the picture palace, seemed so magical, like an extra from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is only as you progress through the story that you realise you have been wearing rose tinted glasses an ...more
Lucy
The double shadow is very odd.
I love Sally Gardner, she is one of my favourite authors and I have read all of her books, but this is my least favourite.
The story is set just before the second world war and is from the perspective of Ezra Pascoe, who is a working class boy. He ends up going with his mother to work at the Rubens house where he has to play with Amaryllis Ruben, which is sort of like Pip with Estella in great expectations. Anyway Amaryllis's father builds a memory machine and sends
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LH Johnson
This book is a uniquely challenging enigma to review,possessing of both heart-breaking beauty and ferociously complex and dense text. It is a book of two halves and I think, a book that doesn't really start with page 1 nor end with page 384. It is a book that I would describe as avant-garde both structurally and textually. It is, as you may gather, a rather complicated experience.

The Double Shadow is the story of Amaryllis Reuben and how her father has built a machine, for her, that also possess
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Suzanne
Amaryllis is a troubled teenager. She's sixteen years old and has no memory of the first eight years of her life. Her father is strict from afar as he isn't around much and her mother passed away when Amaryllis was a young girl. After a disastrous night Amaryllis is being kicked out of boarding school. Her father decides to hire someone to tutor her instead of sending her away again. Her new teacher is very smart, but Amaryllis has no interest in the lessons. Her father hires Ezra, the son of th ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 03/11/2011
Author: Sally Gardner
Recommended for: fans of YA novels

I won this book in the GoodReads FirstReads competitions.

I thought that this book was an amazing book to read! Right from the first page it got me hooked on it, I found it to be incredible hard to put down, it kept drawing me back to it. The description in the book paint the most amazing image into the readers mind, the writing style of Sally Gardner is outstanding I cannot fault it at all.
The characters stood out and
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more
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