Cat’s life is in turmoil. Uprooted from London, she and her sister Ana must adapt to life by the sea in Yorkshire. Will Ana survive the bullies? Will posh boy Sebastian drive Cat mad?
When Cat's mother's latest relationship breaks down, she moves her family to Yorkshire. But adapting to life by the sea is difficult for Cat and her sister Ana. Cat feels responsible for her sister – particularly when the bullying starts. But she has her own life to sort out too. Sebastian, the posh boy down the road, seems interested in her – but Cat suspects his motives. It's the last straw when she realises that Ana's chief tormentor is Seb's sister. Can she see through the complex layers of her life, and feel settled at last?
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“Julia’s new teenage novel, Breakers, is a cracking read.”
“Unsentimental, gritty and funny, there's only one possible result: Teenagers 1, Parents 0.”
“The writing is excellent, and this is storytelling at is most assured – confident, well-crafted and very convincing.”
“A delightful novel about a girl forced to be the grown-up in her family. Cat looks after her chaotic, vulnerable younger sister, Ana, and her actress mother, who will be an adolescent all her life: beautiful, feckless, with a messy sex-life. Clarke has a feeling for what it is to be at the mercy of adults while trying to discover a life for yourself. She is an attractive, sensitive writer; this novel can be polished off in a single sitting.”
The Observer (2/6/02)
“A heroine to love wholeheartedly and leave reluctantly, the creation of a gifted writer.”
Jan Mark, Carousel (21)
Praise for Julia’s first book, THE STARLING TREE:
"… a real find. Enormously affecting, it takes you straight to the emotional vortex of teenage life and the anguish of unrequited longing"
“Julia Clarke is a welcome new voice in teenage fiction”
Since deciding she wanted to be a writer at the age of seven, Julia Clarke wrote her first novel in 1987 after a circuitous route which included spells as a nanny, librarian, barmaid, cook at a remote Scottish country mansion, drama teacher, actress, theatre usherette, stage manager, cashier, wardrobe mistress and secretary to an astrologer. After travelling widely in Afghanistan and India, Julia married and had two children. She now lives on a farm in North Yorkshire with a dog, rabbits and hens. Her hobbies include theatre, music, walking, reading, travel and cooking.
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Book Description Flamingo, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bianca is dressed in white, like a delicate orental bird that has landed here by accident. Before she speaks she lights a cigarette. She only smokes when she's upset. "We're going to have a complete break from London. We're leaving." Cat no longer recognises her life. Uprooted from the city by their actress mother, she and her younger sister Ana must adapt to living by the sea in Yorkshire. Nothing is the same - it's hard to tell friends from enemies, and truth from lies. Soon Cat finds herself caught up in conflicts as powerful as the breakers pounding the shore. Bookseller Inventory # 020886