What I Was

What I Was

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'I am a century old, an impossible age, and my brain has no anchor in the present. Instead it drifts, nearly always to the same shore: the year I discovered love'. In the early sixties on an East Anglian beach, a fragile wooden hut is harried daily by the sea. It is ignored by the boys from the nearby boarding school who stumble past on their birch-enforced runs. Until the day, one sixteen-year-old boy stops and comes face to face with the hut's owner: enigmatic, beguiling, and beautiful Finn. The hut and the beach - but most of all Finn - provide a haven away from the petty rules and bullies. But they also hold a mysterious, fragile secret. A secret that will be tested by friendship, growing adolescent love and the terrifying fury of the sea.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 14mm | 146g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141038314
  • 9780141038315
  • 943,830

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Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards Rosoff's most perfect novel ... it's already a classic Sunday Times Mordantly funny and searingly well written The Times An engrossing, haunting story of first love, friendship and betrayal Herald Thrilling Observer A coming-of-age novel that sucks the reader into its universe Time Out
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About Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff became a publishing sensation with her first novel, How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the Carnegie Medal in 2007. What I Was is her highly acclaimed third novel. Meg lives in London with her husband and daughter.
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2 12% (436)
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