Troubador Ellen Lives On

Released: 28/10/2018

ISBN: 9781789014617

eISBN: 9781789013016

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Ellen Lives On

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1970. When 15 year-old Ellen returns home from school in Yorkshire, her world is fragmented as she finds her mother has hanged herself. A dark mist descends, yet somehow she must find a new way to live. After her mother’s funeral, Ellen is taken to live with her aunt and uncle and pressed into housework, forced to wait on the men of the household. She retreats into herself, into sullen, desperate silence to survive. In a fit of rebellion, she writes a letter to the local paper in support of the campaign for comprehensive education and the closure of her own prestigious selective school. Most of her fellow pupils shun her, and after a harsh rebuke from the headteacher, Ellen runs out of school - and far away, down to London to find her grandfather.

Her situation doesn’t improve, as she narrowly escapes the unwanted attentions of a stranger in King’s Cross. Yet when she finds herself caught in the midst of a radical political rally led by a group of young women protesting about their rights, suddenly her world is changed. Although her grandfather is in hospital, Ellen discovers a new family as she joins the group and learns to stand up: for women and for herself.  

Written to provide support, insight and comfort for those younger readers dealing with parental suicide, Ellen Lives On also offers keen perspective on long term women’s issues. An engrossing story of one girl’s struggle for self and survival, Ellen Lives On will be enjoyed by anyone interested in an addictive tale of love, loss and freedom.

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Lynda Haddock

Lynda began her career as an English teacher and has subsequently worked as a headteacher and a local authority officer with responsibility for education pupils who were experiencing difficulties in their lives. Many young people have shared their stories of pain and resilience with her and Lynda has listened carefully to these. She understands the power that fiction can have to help young people understand and manage the difficulties they experience. Whilst this is Lynda's first novel she is the author of several books about education.

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