It is 1915. 17 year old Sasha Fox is the privileged only daughter of a respected doctor living in the wealthy seaside town of Brighton. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, have gone to war and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her untold horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and worse still, what will happen to Edgar and Tom. Like the prophetess Cassandra, who foretold the tragedies of Troy, Sasha is trapped by power. No one will believe her. Her family have lost faith in her. She is determined to win them back, whatever the price. And it is a high one - seeing the future is a fate almost too awful to contemplate - for who wants to see the end of their own story...?
Hardback reprinted within three weeks of publication with over 14,200 copies sold. Accurately researched First World War setting - KS i and iii National Curriculum. Strong plot, place and pace with a twist in the tale that is a hallmark of his writing. Marcus Sedgwick has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Blue Peter Book Award; he won the Branford Boase Award in 2001. His books have sold over 200,000 copies in the UK and are published in 18 languages. 'A haunting and recommended read.' Sunday Times 'Well drawn characters, a haunting plot and a strong sense of place combine to create another excellent novel from this award-winning writer.' Annie Everall, The Bookseller 'Marcus Sedgwick mixes his particular blend of gothic craft with skilfully researched historical fiction... Beautifully produced, with woodcut illustrations, this is a desirable book in every sense' Dinah Hall, Sunday Telegraph
'a classy novel about a young girl going to the very centre of hell. It's a powerful story that takes the readers into the horrors of war... This is an unforgettable no-holds-barred novel for older readers looking for a stylish and exciting read.' -- John Millen SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST 'Marcus Sedgwick's always top quality prose perfectly echoes the feeling of unease and alienation that must surround a character like Sasha... The intriguing story and its countdown effect will keep readers turning pages and the ending will challenge but will not disappoint.' -- Marla Arbech YABOOKSCENTRAL.COM 'captures the awfulness of war, and the fear felt by families when their loved ones have gone to fight.' -- Christine Bennett, aged 15 SUNDAY EXPRESS 'This book will keep you hooked on every page, and concludes with a heart-stopping twist. You can't help but admire Sasha, as she attempts the unthinkable, in her own war against fate and destiny.' -- Fracie Taylor, Age 15 THE TIMES 'gripping... it kept me guessing until the end.' -- Charlotte Kemp HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
Marcus Sedgwick has worked in children's publishing for ten years and before that he was a bookseller. He is also a stone carver and wood engraver and illustrates all his novels. Marcus lives in Sussex and has a young daughter, Alice.