Published: 28/11/2014
ISBN: 9781784620400
eISBN: 9781785896675
Format: Paperback/eBook



“It is with a certain genius that Noel Harrower has brought moments in history back to life. The reader is engaged in an action-packed story … history becomes realistically present!”
Christine Michael, children’s writer

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I wrote "Uncivil War" after doing a Nottingham University Adult Education Course on The Civil War in Nottinghamshire. I lived worked in the area for thirty years but have now retired and moved with ... read more

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Uncivil War
Twin tales from Nottinghamshire
by Noel Harrower

These twin tales follow the raising of the King’s Standard at Nottingham Castle in 1642, through to 1646, when King Charles surrended to the Scottish army outside Newark.

Set in Nottinghamshire, Uncivil War tells the story of five children caught in the conflict of the English Civil War. Tom, a stable boy; his sister Meg, a maidservant at Pierrepoint Hall; Nick, who never wanted to be a soldier; Jed, who did but later regrets it; and Alice, who is left to help run a refuge for victims.

Seen through the eyes of innocent children, Uncivil War depicts the characters’ initial excitement at the thought of conflict but later hating the war and questioning the need for it at all. This book highlights the struggles children may face during wartime, as well as the lessons that still need to be learnt.

While all the children are fictitious, the main adult characters are based on real people who lived in the county of Nottinghamshire at the time. This book gives a modern take to novels such as Marriott’s Children of the New Forest.

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I had hoped to come to Nottingham for the book launch on Saturday, 29 November 2014.
Unfortunately, I fell and damaged my shoulder, so could not make it. I hope to visit the area and have a book-signing in April, 2015.

A review by Christine Michael - children's author.
It is with a certain genius that Noel Harrower has brought moments in history back to life. From the first, the reader identifies with an action packed story which shifts from one scene to another, each event rolling on and history becomes realistically present!

'Rebellion' is a key word from the start as tension is a marked state of being. Scenes come and go like rapidly shifting film footage and much intricate detail is seen through the eyes of the young servants Meg, Tom and Nick. Dialogue is blended easily with description and the imnagination is readily swept up as each scene unfolds. The language is authentic throughout. War quickly becomes the possible imminent focus of attention. Sorry events and fear-packed scenes follow in busy succession. As the second story draws to a close characters are left to consider the futility of war and its brutalising effects. There is poignancy as well as peace in the ending.

Female First

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It is with a certain genius that Noel Harrower has brought moments in history back to life. The action rolls on and scenes come and go like rapidly moving film footage. Intricate detail is seen through the eyes of the young servants, Tom, Meg and Nick. Dialogue blends with description as each scene unfolds. War becomes the imminent focus of attention. Sorry events and fear-packed scenes follow in busy succession.As the story draws to a close, characters are left to consider the futility of war, with its brutalising effects. There is poignancy and peace in the ending.

by Christine Michael


 

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