True honour is endless. Join us. Norfolk, 1935.
War is looming in Great Britain, and the sprawling country estate of Alderberen Hall is shadowed by suspicion and paranoia. Thirteen-year-old Delphine Venner is determined to uncover the secrets of the hall's elite society, which has taken in her gullible mother and unstable father.
As she explores the house and discovers the secret network of hidden passages that thread through the estate, Delphine uncovers a world more dark and threatening than she ever imagined. With the help of head gamekeeper Mr. Garforth, Delphine must learn the bloody lessons of war and find the soldier within herself in time to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods....
The Honours is a dark, glittering and dangerously unpauseable novel which invites you to enter a thrilling and fantastical world unlike any other.
"An astonishing imaginative feat." (Nathan Filer)
"Astutely brilliant. It is rare to find such a riveting, fantastical, adventure matched by such poetic flair. A rich, gripping delight." (Matt Haig)
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I don't know how to describe this but it's AMAZING
I'm not sure I can do this justice. On a very basic level it's an adventure story set in the 1930s about a child uncovering a mystery in a country house. Delphine is an extraordinary heroine - a lonely, brave, confused, resourceful and troubled child who mainly wants to save her father who suffers from PTSD. Beyond that, it's difficult not to give anything away. It's exciting and unexpected at every turn. I really like Tim Clare's style of writing; I was totally caught up in the world he creates.
Julie Teal does a good job keeping the characters distinct. I think her voice for Delphine is particularly good.
I'm aware I'm not being particularly helpful so just give it a listen and make up your own mind. I will say this, there's a scene where the honours of the title are explained and it's horrific but fascinating.