Lucy Adlington

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I write YA fiction, including The Diary of Pelly D, Burning Mountain and Night Witches. My new novel The Red Ribbon drew on my interest in WW2 history. It is inspired by the true stories of the dressmakers of Auschwitz. Since writing The Red Ribbon I have been contacted by families of survivors, including two of the original seamstresses who survived Auschwitz by literally sewing for their lives. Amazing.
I'm currently creating a follow-on story about one of the characters from The Red Ribbon. (Which one? You'll have to wait and see!)
I also write about costume history - Great War Fashion, and Stitches in Time are two of my titles
In between all this writing I give presentations on costume history - such a fabulous job.
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Lucy Adlington Writer's block? What is that? If a crisis of confidence then I sit it out or re-read things I've already written. If a can't-write-today mood I either…moreWriter's block? What is that? If a crisis of confidence then I sit it out or re-read things I've already written. If a can't-write-today mood I either work through it by writing notes instead of prose, or I do something else. If a patch of prose isn't going well I ask myself "what am I actually trying to say here?"
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"(I got this book free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.)

I normally really like books on the Holocaust but I can’t say I liked this one much. The author basically tried to write a heartwarming story set in Auschwitz and I don’t really think that’s..." Read more of this review »
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"When I first started reading this book, I had forgotten that it was about the Holocaust. It read, if you didn't know better, like a future dystopia, where children were grabbed off the street and forced to work at whatever they could, in a place a..." Read more of this review »
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"Book: The Red Ribbon
Author: Lucy Adlington
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Hot Key Books, for providing me with this ARC.

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“You've got to cram it into your thick heads: the sickos that sent us to this place are so stuffed with hate they've got to spew it out on someone, it almost doesn't matter who. If it's not one race, face or religion it'd be another. Right now it's us they vomit on. Next war it'll be some other poor beggars, then some others, then -'
'I want to go home!' the poor woman gasped, in between shakes and sobs.
'And I want to murder every last beast in this hellhole with my bare hands,' Girder raged. She had hands as big as dinner plates. 'The best we can do instead is live. Are you listening? The only way to beat them is by not dying. So shut up and survive, you miserable cow. And let the rest of us sleep.”
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“You've got to cram it into your thick heads: the sickos that sent us to this place are so stuffed with hate they've got to spew it out on someone, it almost doesn't matter who. If it's not one race, face or religion it'd be another. Right now it's us they vomit on. Next war it'll be some other poor beggars, then some others, then -'
'I want to go home!' the poor woman gasped, in between shakes and sobs.
'And I want to murder every last beast in this hellhole with my bare hands,' Girder raged. She had hands as big as dinner plates. 'The best we can do instead is live. Are you listening? The only way to beat them is by not dying. So shut up and survive, you miserable cow. And let the rest of us sleep.”
Lucy Adlington, The Red Ribbon
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“You don't have books?!' Rose almost sat up and banged her head on the roof rafters. That made the rats jump. 'How can you live without reading?'
'Pretty well so far.' I laughed. 'Stories are just made-up stuff anyway.'
'Says who? I think they're a different way of telling the truth.' Then, 'Seriously - no books? Oh, Ella, you have no idea what you've been missing! Stories are food and drink and life...I mean, haven't you heard the story about a girl who made a gown out of starlight?'
'A gown out of starlight? How could you even do that...?'
'Well,' said Rose. 'Once upon a time...'
And that was that. No sleep for me till Rose wrapped up with a triumphant The End.”
Lucy Adlington, The Red Ribbon

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