Letters from the Lighthouse
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Emma was a secondary school English teacher in Devon. She has also worked as a news reporter on a local newspaper, an avocado picker and the person who punched holes into Filofax paper.
When she isn’t writing books, she is reading them. Nowadays, she writes full time and it’s her absolute dream job.
February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, 12 year old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.
Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband where she writes and drinks tea under the watchful eyes of her two Jack Russell terriers.
Find out more about Emma on her website
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Johnny from Westgate Primary:
Lucy from Westgate Primary School:
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