Tender and compulsive, the bestselling novel which became a famous film
Lynne Reid Banks has written a number of books for children and young adults. Her children's books include The Adventures of King Midas; The Farthest-Away Mountain; Maura's Angel; The Indian in the Cupboard, recently made into a major Hollywood film; Return of the Indian; The Fairy Rebel; and The Magic Hare. Her books for teenagers include One More River, Sarah and After, My Darling Villain, The Writing on the Wall, Melusine- A Mystery and Broken Bridge. In addition, she has written two historical books about Israel- Letters to My Israeli Sons and Torn Country.
Jane's struggle to cope is a journey of self-discovery and
independence...a wistful and haunting period piece * The Times
This was the first grown-up book I read apart from the dirty bits in The Carpet Baggers and every 14-year-old should be made to read it. It tackles the lot; loneliness, race, sex and growing up. I never read books twice but I feel like tracking this one down again. -- Jenny Eclair * Daily Express *
Unflinching in its boarding-house detail, and strikingly modern in its fury at the "social conditioning" that made its heroine an outcast; it shocked and sold. * The Independent *
Written in pre-Pill days when motherhood really was a fate worse than death, the shame and tension in Reid Bank's ground-breaking novel may seem incomprehensible to today's sexually active youngsters -- Val Hennessy * Daily Mail *