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Llocs de residència
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Premis i honors
New York Times bestseller
Zoë Plant (Bent Agency)
Biografia breu
Beth Lincoln was raised in a former Victorian railway station in the North of England. Her childhood fears included porcelain dolls, the Durham panther, and wardrobes that looked at her funny. She grew neither tall nor wise, and never learned to play an instrument—but she did write stories, a bad habit that has persisted to this day. When she isn't writing, Beth is woodcarving, or making a mess of her flat, or talking the nearest ear off about unexplained occurrences. Her favorite things include ghosts, crisps, and weird old words like bumbershoot and zounderkite.

The Swifts is Beth's debut novel. It grew out of her love of etymology, the gleeful gothic, and classic murder mysteries. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her partner and hopefully, by the time you are reading this, a dog.



Ganador del Barnes and Noble Children's and YA Book Award 2023

Los Swift es una historia llena de suspense y arrebatadoramente ingeniosa, repleta de juegos, dobles sentidos y todas las diabluras imaginables.

Una novela sobre el poder de las palabras, la identidad propia y las expectativas de los padres, y lo que ocurre cuando esas dos cosas no van por el mismo camino.

Pasadizos secretos, un tesoro oculto, una peligrosa reunión familiar, una arriesgada partida de Scrabble y un misterioso crimen que resolver.… (més)
bibliotecayamaguchi | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jun 14, 2023 |
this is so fun. it's full of word games and puns and twisty mysteries, but also it is a strong message about not being bound by what people think they know of you or what they tell you you should be. fantastic all around. (i'm pretty sure that more than half of it went over my 11 year-old's head, though.)
overlycriticalelisa | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Apr 10, 2023 |
First sentence: It was a bright, well-dressed morning in early May and the Swifts were in the middle of a funeral. The House looked very fine. The lawns had been swept clean of leaves, the hedge maze had been trimmed, and the statues had been scrubbed behind the ears. The Family had spent the morning practicing their eulogies in front of a mirror, and now they walked in slow procession through the cemetery, faces professionally grim.

Premise/plot: The Swifts are something else. Shenanigan Swift, our narrator, has a LARGE, bizarre, odd, quirky, whimsical, one-of-a-kind family. And they're all coming--well the living ones--to a Reunion. Some may choose to partake in an actual treasure hunt--a Vile relation, literally named Vile Swift--hid treasure on the property way back when that has yet to be discovered. He lived up to his name. Supposedly, all Swifts lift up their names. But do they? Maybe. Maybe not. Shenanigan has spent much of her time mapping out the LARGE equally bizarre, quirky, one-of-a-kind house and looking for secret tunnels, secret rooms, secret hiding places, etc. She may not be the matriarch or the archivist, but, she's accumulating knowledge in her spare time--knowledge that may just prove useful once this family reunion turns deadly.

This whimsical mystery packed with dark humor is unique. There are dozens of characters--or suspects, or victims--and dozens of clues. There's plenty of twists and turns.

My thoughts: I liked many things about this one. It was a little crazy--for better or worse. And by crazy I don't make an allusion to anything regarding mental health or well-being. I mean zany, topsy-turvy, out-there, bizarre, whimsical, quirky. It was a little OVER the top. So over the top that it goes right past "realistic fiction." Imagine if Roald Dahl ever wrote a family reunion with a treasure hunt. It isn't so much about in-depth characterization and believable story as it is just a roller coaster ride of whimsy.

Erf. I personally am not a fan. I think giving them an actual name beyond "Erf" would go a long way. I can get--or try to get--why they would want to choose a new name for themself that wouldn't be the one on their birth certificate. But why Erf? And is Erf a new name? a nickname? an-in-between name? Is a better sounding name coming? I'm glad that Shenanigan makes a friend. But still...
… (més)
blbooks | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Feb 16, 2023 |



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