Growing Up In Babylon

Ten years after the end of WW2, many families are still affected by the conflict. Parents have been lost or are unable to care for their children. War is never over even after peace is declared.

Twins Kay and Kitty find themselves in an orphanage whilst their parents recover from wounds and illness. There, they make new friends, fend off enemies and learn about the gentler as well as crueller sides of life. Adults are not always models of integrity and growing up is difficult, especially in a strange environment.

For readers aged 10 and over.

Age Range: 10+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: ‘B’ paperback
Pages: 224 pages
Published: March 2017

ISBN: 978-1-908577-62-7

RRP: £6.99



“I’ve a mind to punish you all now. Such insolence and cheek from children!”

  • Extract: Reunited

    Extract: Reunited

    “Has anything happened while I’ve been gone?” Kay asked.
    Kitty told her what Nurse Morton had done to Elizabeth but Kay didn’t seem to take it in. Maybe she was too tired or maybe she didn’t picture it clearly, but she sighed and said she needed to sleep for a week. Kitty didn’t want to believe that Kay didn’t care, so she thought that she hadn’t described what happened properly or that it was impossible if someone hadn’t been there to see how cruel Nurse Morton had been. Besides, she was so overjoyed to see her twin back safe and sound, she wanted just for a few moments to lay aside all other ills. To see Kay there, alive and well after so many terrible imaginings was a joy beyond joys. She was so relieved she would have done anything to express her gratitude. Instead, she gave Kay a big hug just before Matron returned.

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