WINGS OVER DELFT

By
Aubrey Flegg
Wings over Delft

When her father commissions a famous artist to paint her portrait, Louise Eeden reluctantly agrees. In the studio Louise unexpectedly finds freedom to be herself. But someone has been watching her every move...

Awards
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Reading Association of Ireland Award 2005 - 2005

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Bisto Book of the Year Award 2004 - 2004

Winner

White Ravens - 2004

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Bisto Book of the Year - 2003

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208 pages
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196x130 mm
ISBN:
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9781847174123

Book 1: The Louise trilogy

Winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award 2004

As the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family, Louise Eeden knows that certain things are expected of her. When her father commissions a famous artist to paint her portrait, she reluctantly agrees.

But lately things have started to move too fast in her life. Somehow everyone believes she is engaged to Reynier de Vries; a marriage that will bring about the merger of two respected pottery businesses.In the studio with Master Haitink and his gangly apprentice, Pieter, Louise unexpectedly finds freedom to be herself.

But someone has been watching her every move, and her deepening friendship with Pieter has not gone unnoticed. Behind the scenes, a web of treachery and deceit is gradually unravelling, leading to a brutal and shocking confrontation.

And fate has yet another surprise in store for Louise Eeden.

Aubrey Flegg was born in Dublin. His early childhood was spent in County Sligo, Ireland. He went to school in Dublin and later in England. After a spell with a mountain rescue team in Scotland, he returned to Ireland to study geology at Trinity College. He then did geological research in Kenya, before joining the Geological Survey of Ireland in 1968. Aubrey recently took early retirement in order to concentrate on writing.

His first book, Katie's War, is about the civil war period in Ireland; it was published in 1997. Katie's War has recently won the Peter Pan Award 2000 -- an award created by IBBY Sweden for a children's book, translated into Swedish, which gives information on another culture.

Wings Over Delft, the first book in the Louise trilogy, won the Bisto Book of the Year overall award in 2004.

'The gentle love story takes the reader through dark intrigue, religious unrest and the palpable, cultural atmosphere of life in a Dutch city, to an unexpected conclusion. A well-tailored and absorbing read for adults as well as for age 12-plus.'

The Sunday Tribune

'A story full of individual stories, each of which contributes to a final picture which is immensely rich and colourful ... It is one of Flegg's most impressive achievements that he portrays so credibly a society (and indeed a Europe) on the verge of numerous forms of discovery, not least about itself ... An assured piece of writing which more than fulfils the promise expressed in the Whitman lines which serve as its epigraph: "You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself".'

The Irish Times
Robert Dunbar - The Irish Times

'an exquisitely crafted novel which will stay in the reader's memory long after the closing pages are read.'

Inis Magazine
Valerie Coghlan - Inis Magazine

'I found myself captivated ... And as for the sequel? Can't wait.'

Jamilla Gavin, Children's Whitbread Award-Winner

'A wonderful story set in a very exciting time, the quality of the writing is superb and the ending unforgettably moving. A must for the school library.'

The School Librarian
Pat Williams - The School Librarian
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