Petals in the Ashes

Author(s): Mary Hooper


I could barely explain how much I wanted to go back to London, for I hardly understood myself. I'd hated the stinking city when we'd left, could hardly bear to think on its name, but now the plague had disappeared from the streets the people would be back, the theatres and shops would be open and we would find everything as cheery as it had been before. Hannah returns to her beloved London to re-open the sweetmeats shop with younger sister Anne. Londoners are reeling from the plague epidemic of the previous year, but Hannah and Anne are keen to start enjoying everything the bustling city has to offer. But this is 1666, and it has been prophesised that terrible things will happen, and on Pudding Lane, flames are raging through the bakery...Mary Hooper evokes with complete mastery the sights, sounds and terror of a London gripped by the ferocious and terrible Fire of London, engulfing everything in its path.


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The fantastic sequel to At the Sign of the Sugared Plum.Evokes a powerful and utterly convincing picture of 17th century London and the terror of the Great FireSugared Plum proved this venture to be a succesful departure for contemporary and bestselling author Mary Hooper

'At the Sign of the Sugared Plum' was one of the surprises of 2003. Mary Hooper tried her hand at something completely new and thrilled everyone with her vivid and utterly convincing picture of London in the grip of the plague. What made this book so good was how she wrapped a piece of history in a sugary sweet parcel In 'Petals in the Ashes' Hannah returns to London.' The Bookseller, Jan 2004

Mary Hooper is a hugely popular writer for young adults. Her other books for Bloomsbury include 'Amy', 'Holly' and the ever popular 'Megan' series, now rejacketed and a trilogy, for which Mary won the North Eastern Book Award for 'Megan 2'. Mary is very much in demand for her events at literary festivals and schools. She lives in Eversley Cross, Hampshire.

General Fields

  • : 9780747564614
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : June 2004
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mary Hooper
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.912
  • : 192
  • : Historical fiction