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  • Published: 15 July 2016
  • ISBN: 9780091956639
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

Shoes for Anthony

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Exciting, nostalgic and funny - the debut novel from the bestselling author of The Tent, The Bucket and Me

From the author of bestselling The Tent, The Bucket and Me, now a BBC1 comedy series, THE KENNEDYS.

As the youngest in a family of six, all eleven-year-old Anthony wants is a pair of shoes to call his own. Instead he’s condemned to wear a pair of hand-me-down wellies that may or may not be haunted.

When war comes to his small, impoverished mining village, life starts to get more exciting: there are American soldiers, his sister has joined the WAAF – Mrs Reece even has a banana! But it is only when a foreign plane crashes into the Welsh hillside that Anthony and his gang discover what war is really about…

  • Pub date: 15 July 2016
  • ISBN: 9780091956639
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Emma Kennedy

Emma Kennedy is the author of nine books, including bestsellers The Tent the Bucket and Me and I Left My Tent in San Francisco. She has also written the Wilma Tenderfoot series for children. She has adapted The Tent the Bucket and Me for BBC1, renamed The Kennedys and is a regular writer on CBBC's Strange Hill High and Dangermouse. She is also an actress and has appeared in many award winning comedies including Goodness Gracious Me, People Like Us and Miranda. She is the Fun Editor at Tatler, won Celebrity Masterchef in 2012 and is a Guinness World Record holder. You can follow her on twitter @EmmaKennedy

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Praise for Shoes for Anthony

“Moving, memorable and magnificent”

Clare Balding

“Heart-warming, evocative, I couldn't put this down. Utterly brilliant.”

Katie Fforde

“The most wonderful book about poverty in the mines, family and this little boy who had to wear Wellingtons”

Mary Berry

“moving debut”

Marie Claire

“a warm and funny novel”


“Emma Kennedy’s books are as funny, warm and life-inspiring as she is”

Jenny Colgan

“… will have you laughing and crying in equal measure… One to pack for your summer holiday”


“Funny, believable and poignant”


“...am loving Shoes For Anthony.It's funny, desperate, touching, real.”

Anneka Rice

“What an utterly scrumpatious book. The joy of a soggy welly, the thrill of an adventure,the harsh realities of life”

Penny Smith

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