The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare
Piccadilly Press, 2017
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Zillah Bethell is an author of both adults and children’s books. She was born in Papua New Guinea and spent her childhood playing barefoot in the jungle. She owned her first pair of shoes when she was eight after moving to the UK. She lived with her grandmother who had a small antique shop.
She studied French and English Literature at Oxford University. She now lives in Wales with her husband, two children and lots of rescue animals.
Auden Dare has an unusual perspective on life: he cannot see in colour. He's always had this rare condition - and life is beginning to get harder for Auden. The war for water that is raging across the world is getting a little closer all the time. It hardly rains any more, anywhere. Everyone is thirsty all the time, and grubby and exhausted. Auden has to learn to live without his father, who is away fighting and has had to move to a new town with his mother, and start a new school, where everyone thinks he's a weirdo. But when he meets Vivi Rookmini, a smiling girl bright with cleverness, his hopes begin to lift.
The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare is Zillah Bethell’s second children’s novel. She has also written three adult novels.
As a child she enjoyed reading the Malory Towers books by Enid Blyton. Her favourite storybook characters were George from The Famous Five and Velvet Brown from National Velvet. Her favourite book of all time is 1984 by George Orwell.
She likes the sea, mint choc chip ice-cream, horses and music.
To find out more about Zillah visit her website: http://zillahbethell.com/
or follow her on Twitter: @BethellZillah
You can read a Q and A with Bethell here.
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