The Fever and the Flame: "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum" , "Petals in the Ashes"

Author(s): Mary Hooper


Two thrilling historical novels - set in London during the Plague and Great Fire - in one volume.It is 1665 and Hannah is full of excitement at the prospect of her first trip to London. She is going to help her sister Sarah in her sweetmeats shop, 'The Sugared Plum'. But Hannah does not get the welcoming reception she expected from her sister. Sarah is horrified that Hannah did not get her message to stay away - the Plague is taking hold of London...In the second of the two stories, Hannah returns to her beloved London to re-open her sweetmeats shop with her 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, a fire has started that will engulf everything in its path.Through Hannah's eyes, Mary Hooper brilliantly recreates the smells, sounds and sights of seventeenth-century life in London. Hannah's excitement at coming to the big city is vividly evoked, as is the terror of these momentous events.


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Plunges the reader back in time - there are even recipes at the back for 17C sweetmeats and pot pourri The success of these books proved this historical venture to be a succesful departure for contemporary and bestselling author Mary Hooper Trademark accessible writing, coupled with the horrors of plague- and fire-filled London makes this a compelling read To be published simultaneously with Mary's next historical bestseller, The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose, which features a few familiar faces and places from the earlier stories ...

Mary Hooper is another writer to watch The Independent

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

  • : 9780747586708
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : September 2006
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2019
  • : books

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  • : Mary Hooper
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 368