End of the Pier Affair

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Time Travellers and Normals

Mark – A football mad teenager who should know better by now

Lucy – The class geek whose madcap idea to photograph Southend Pier got them into all this trouble

Molly Pearce – Manager of the Edinburgh Castle Mission (a woman of hidden depths)

Will Driver – Lloyd George’s Driver

DCI Arthur Sutton – a policeman working for Melville

Lysander and Cornelius Armstrong – twin brothers who look nothing alike

Captain Michaels – an officer who hates Italians

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David Lloyd George – Chancellor of the Exchequer, Welshman and playboy

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Guillermo Marconi – Inventor of the Wireless. An Essex boy from Italy.

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Winston S. Churchill – Home Secretary

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Walter Nicolai – An old fashioned spymaster who is playing a deep game

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William Melville – Allegedly the head of the Secret Service

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Frances Stephenson – A girl who catches Lloyd George’s eye

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5* review – from a YA reader

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This reviews is from a young lady in Year 7 (that’s first years for us oldies), an eleven year old to the rest of you. I shall spare her blushes and just refer to her as HG.

The Secret of Aldwych Strand: End of the Pier Affair

This book is about two school children who start off by doing a normal history project, but they somehow end up travelling back and forth into the past and occidentally messing with time and history itself. Mark and Lucy find themselves with the Chancellor of the exchequer and Winston Churchill in 1909 whilst someone is plotting to kill the Chancellor. The two friends travel around historic London, trying to keep history as it should be and attempting to solve the mystery of how they ended up in the past and how to get back to 2013, but things don’t always go to plan. But will they get back to 2013? Only one way to find out…

Mark is a boy who loves sport and is very good at history but not at many other subjects. He has a lively personality and is quite rude but rather funny. Lucy is the “class geek” as Mark say but is not a very sporty person. She also has a lively personality, and, like Mark, is a bit rude and sarcastic at times. I like both of the main characters because they are funny but smart.

The Secret of Aldwych Strand (End of the Pier Affair) is an exciting book of mystery, history and surprise. I would rate this as a five star novel. When I read it I absolutely loved it because it kept me full of wonder, excitement and interest until the very last page because Sarah E Smith writes in such a way that the reader is glued to the book until the very last page. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Secret of Aldwych Strand to anyone who likes a good mystery. The way Sarah E Smith has written this book is brilliant, because she writes from each of the characters’ points of view portraying the different people in the story and their thoughts. Overall, I think that it is a wonderful book and I am sure many people would enjoy reading it. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in this series when they are published.

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