Postcards from No Man's Land
Aidan Chambers' Carnegie-medal winning novel is about love, discovery and betrayal. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first.
Jacob, aged 17, is abroad on his own for the time, visiting his grandfather's grave at the commemoration of the Second World War Battle of Arnhem in Holland. Jacob's life-changing experiences are interwoven with the extraordinary wartime story of passion and treachery that he learns from Geertrui, whose family is linked to Jacob's in a way he never suspected.
The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
Praise for Postcards from No Man's Land
The type of serious teenage fiction that should be cherishedIndependent
A superbly crafted, intensely moving novelSunday Telegraph
A dramatic and moving novel, destined to become a classicCarousel
Seriously good and compulsively readable novel that spans fifty years and two interwoven stories of love, betrayal and self-discoveryLyn Gardiner
Emotive and thought-provokingThe Bookseller
Writing and literature at its bestSchool Librarian
Remarkable for . . . clear-eyed self reflection that also characterises The Diary of Anne Frank and the Rembrandt portraits which Jacob so admiresTES
A terrific novelDaily Telegraph