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Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken

Black Hearts in Battersea - Joan Aiken, Edward Gorey

bookshelves: play-dramatisation, london, britain-england, historical-fiction, kiddlewinks, published-1964, politics, art-forms, stuarts, autumn-2014, adventure, seven-seas, dirigibles

Read from September 06 to 12, 2014


Book description: Simon, the foundling from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, arrives in London to meet an old friend and pursue the study of painting. Instead he finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a wicked crew's fiendish caper to overthrow the good King James and the Duke and Duchess of Battersea. With the help of his friend Sophie and the resourceful waif Dido, Simon narrowly escapes a series of madcap close calls and dangerous run-ins. In a time and place where villains do nothing halfway, Simon is faced with wild wolves, poisoned pies, kidnapping, and a wrecked ship. This is a cleverly contrived tale of intrigue and misadventure.

BBC dramatisation description: Young Simon comes to 18th century London to study painting - and finds himself caught up in wicked Hanoverian plots to overthrow the king.

1/2 Simon comes to London and gets caught up in wicked Hanoverian plots to overthrow the King.

2/2 To save the King, Simon and Sophie must suffer shipwreck, wolves and a balloon escape.

SIMON ..... Joe Dempsie
DIDO ..... Nicola Miles-Wildin
SOPHIE ..... Emerald O'Hanrahan
DUKE ..... John Rowe
DUCHESS ..... Sheila Reid
COBBE ..... Ben Crowe
MRS COBBE ..... Annabelle Dowler
MR TWITE ..... Rhys Jennings
MRS TWITE ..... Tessa Nicholson
JUSTIN ..... Sam Pamphilon
BUCKLE ..... Nigel Hastings
DR FURNEAUX ..... Bruce Alexander
GUS ..... Joseph Cohen Cole
JABWING ..... Piers Wehner
WOMAN ..... Kate Layden
Directed by Marc Beeby.

3* Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)
3* The Weeping Ash