REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris

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Friend Bostock hear their classics master describe the Spartan custom of exposing their infants to the elements The two decide to try out the custom using Harris's infant sister Adelaide But fate intervenes.

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REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris Affair of eBook ↠ Vivien Alcock then an ambulance driver who would go on to become his second wife in and a well known children's author She would also greatly influence Garfield's writing giving him suggestions for his writing including the original idea for Smith After the war Garfield worked as a biochemical laboratory technician at the Whittington Hospital in Islington writing in his spare time until the s when he was successful enough to write full time In The Strange eBook ✓ the couple adopted a baby girl called Jane after Jane Austen a favourite writer of both parentsGarfield wrote his first book the pirate novel Jack Holborn for adult readers but a Constable Co editor saw its potential as a children's novel and persuaded him to adapt it for a younger audience In that form it was published by Constable in His second book Devil in the Fog won the first annual Guardian Prize and Strange Affair of PDF/EPUB ½ was serialised for television as were several later works below Devil was the first of several historical adventure novels typically set late in the eighteenth century and featuring a character of humble origins in this case a boy from a family of traveling actors pushed into the midst of a threatening intrigue Another was Smith with the eponymous hero a young pickpocket accepted into a wealthy household; it won the Phoenix Award in Yet another was Black Jack in which a young apprentice is forced by accident and his conscience to accompany a murderous criminalIn Garfield's work started to move in new directions with The God Beneath the Sea a re telling of numerous Greek myths in one narrative written by Garfield and Edward Blishen and illustrated by Charles Keeping It won the annual Carnegie Medal for British children's books Garfield Blishen and Keeping collaborated again on a seuel The Golden Shadow The Drummer Boy was another adventure story but concerned with a central moral problem and apparently aimed at somewhat older readers a trend continued in The Prisoners of September republished in by Lions Tracks under the title Revolution The Pleasure Garden and The Confidence Man The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris was a black comedy in which two boys decide to test the plausibility of Romulus and Remus using one of the boys' baby sister Most notable at the time was a series of linked long short stories about apprentices published separately between and and then as a collection The Apprentices The adult themed books of the mid s met with a mixed reception and Garfield returned to the model of his earlier books with John Diamond which won a Whitbread Award in and The December Rose In he also wrote an ending for The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished at the death of Dickens an author who had been a major influence on Garfield's own styleHe was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in On June he died of cancer at the Whittington Hospital where he had once worked.

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  • arjuna

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisA glorious little story that is impossible to resist nonsensical and farcical yet driven by the most beautifully consistent and human internal logic Garfield is a master of gently poking his characters into corners they can't help but belong in and their frantic misguided attempts to escape or badger Fate into submission are sometimes too sharp for comfortGarfield has the knack with language; he's a master It's especially delightful here where he uses his ability to build then puncture a character with but a few gently chosen words He clearly knew understood and loved people And the book is of course funny laugh out loud funny but


  • Linda

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisThe NYTimes Sunday books section recently had an interview with actress Emma Thompson about what she's reading But what caught my attention were the books that she included among her childhood favorities like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Since that's also a favorite of mine her list inspired me to search out The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris by Leon GarfieldHarris and Bostock are friends and schoolmates at Dr Bunnion's Academy for the Sons of Gentlefolk and Merchants Harris the hairbrained leader to the devoted Bostock decides to conduct an unlikely experiment He'll puts his new baby sister Adelaide out on a country hillside to see if a wolf will come and suckle her just like they've heard in the tale of Romulus and Remus from their inept teacher at school But a trysting couple discover the child and carry her off much to the consternation of the boysWhat follows as they attempt to rescue Adelaide — without revealing their part in the plot — is a tale with twists


  • Adam Stevenson

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisLeon Garfield books have a tendency toward the dark of the uncanny This the first of the two Bostock and Harris novels is a comedy of errors A smallish act by two schoolboys escalates


  • Marissa Pineda

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisThis story is hilarious After hearing the story of Romulus and Remus in his history class a 12 year old boy decides to leave his infant sister in the woods to see if she'll be raised by a she wolf To the boy's dismay the baby is not found by a wolf but by a young couple headed into the woods for a tryst All kinds of zany misunderstandings and misinterpretations of intent ensue as the boy tries to get his sister back I kept thinking this book would translate well to a theatrical melodrama I only gave it three stars because it was touted as a great read aloud for kids but I found the content a bit mature for the elementarymiddle school set


  • Psientist

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisThis is an amusing and precisely told comic story Set in the Regency period of England a well plotted series of mishaps and misunderstandings are satisfyingly resolved at the end Deftly sketched comic slightly grotesue characters provide some memorable lines and scenes It should appeal to anyone that has an inclination for Tristram Shandy or Cold Comfort FarmI recently re read this and find it as amusing as when I read it 10 years ago


  • Elizabeth Kenning

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisI think I would have liked this book better had the characters been in any way likable But none of them were Each character possessed so many nasty traits that it made me cringe when I read each line I understand this was a farce but I felt disgust then humor when reading this particular book


  • Amanda Rutendo

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisThis was better than smith and it was indeed a strange affair


  • Kari Eliuk

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisWhile I enjoyed this book I would not recommend it for children partially because the language and historical setting make it a bit complex but mostly because of suggestive content


  • Rebecca

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisLeon Garfield is a uirky smart writer with an oddly beautiful style Though he is contemporary 20th century the writing feels authentically Georgian and is at once simple and sophisticatedGarfield's characters are somewhat caricatures in creation melodramatic proper and full of irony; unable to see past their own misgivings Ubiuitous and misguided Mr Raven and his side kick show stealing stump of a leg in a black boot uickly became my favorite This uick read took me far longer to get through than it should have One with the proper amount of focus could finish it in a few hours time Still Spending the time I did with these inane but well i


  • Laurel Hoffman

    REVIEW ¶ The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris The Strange Affair of Adelaide HarrisAn entertaining tale of two school boys Harris and Bostock who leave Harris's younger sister out in the woods to see if a she wolf will suckle her like in the story of Romulus and Remus Instead of being discovered by a wolf though young Adelaide Harris is rescued by a young girl The subseue