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The Wind Eye

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While vacationing on a remote part of the Northumberland coast, a troubled English family has a series of unsettling experiences traveling back in time and confronting the legendary power of St. Cuthbert.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 4th 1992 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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This is a story of a family in the 1970's who go to stay in an old house on the coast off Lindisfarne. They have inherited it from an eccentric uncle. In the old shed they find a bedraggled old boat which they make sea worthy and that's where the adventures start as this boat time travels and is in fact a Viking boat.

The story is mostly about the story of the Viking raids on the monastery at Lindisfarne and also St Cuthbert who tries to stop them. There is a lot of folk tale and legend interwove...more
Andrea Hickman Walker
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This is a kids’ book I picked up because it was in the library’s catalog under St. Cuthbert as a subject. It has lots of legends about him indeed. In fact, it’s a sort of time-travel-meets-problem-novel book, but in the best possible way, from the 70s. Holds up pretty well, actually, since the problems of step-parenting and blended families haven’t gone away, and neither have obnoxious adults viewed through the eyes of powerless children. Very interesting family, although I don't see particularl...more

This wasn't as bad as I thought although I doubt it would appeal to many teens today.
Basically a family moves to an old, dark gloomy house left to them by an uncle who has disappeared. While exploring the house and grounds they discover a boat which they repair. This is when the fun begins because the boat enables them to travel to and fro in time and they travel to viking times to try to save some monks from being killed. Meanwhile St Cuthbert tries his hardest to stop them achieving their aim....more
Alex White
Although this style of writing is now considered a little dated I found it very satisfying. Westwood elegant and imaginative descriptions really added to the story to five it a sense of timeliness. Transporting me not only back to the 1970's but also to a foreign land and a foreign time. So rich and alive. Great narrative was also supported by rich and precise dialogue.
Barbara Gordon
I don't know how much I would have liked this book as a child. It's fairly unflinching about parental weakness and inadequacy. Even the magic aspects are fairly gritty. It would have got me thinking, at least.
There's a strong sense of place and setting - I finished the book feeling rather windblown and sea-sprayed.
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Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.

His first published book The Machine Gunners (1975) which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine-gun from a crashed German aircraft. He won the Carnegie Medal again in 1981 for The Scarecrows, the first writer to win it twice. He won the Smarties Priz...more
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