Run Away Home (The Marlows #10)
Nicola Murray and her family decide to help a young boy return to his Swiss father, against his English mother's will, concocting a plan that leads them all into dangerous and anxious moments.
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Faber & Faber
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I remember my excitement when this arrived in the library - up to this point I'd just had the first three school stories, and Falconer's Lure, so it was a big event. It turned out that this is a very dangerous book, because once you pick it up you cannot put it down. Even if I just pick it up to remind myself of the exact words of a particular phrase, or to re-read one particular scene, I end up sucked in and spending an hour or so perched uncomfortably on the bottom stair by the bookshelves, or...more
What's interesting about this is the same thing that annoyed me; it's centred around the Marlows embarking on an adventure that I thought deeply stupid, from not only a safety angle but a moral one. Rather like in A Ready-Made Family, I appreciated the acknowledgement of that three-dimensional layer of problem, but at the same time wantedt examined a little further. The Marlows realise, or at least some of them do, that their actions can have large consequences, but then we turn to the business...more
Antonia Forest was the pen name of Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein. She was born in North London, the child of Russian-Jewish and Irish parents. She studied at South Hampstead High School and University College, London, and worked as a government clerk and a librarian. Best known for her series of novels about the Marlow family, she published her first book, Autumn Term, in 1948.More about Antonia Forest...