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The Shell House [Read] ➬ The Shell House Author Linda Newbery – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Greg s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomespersonal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that occurred there Set against a background of the present day and World War I, Greg Greg s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomespersonal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that occurred there Set against a background of the present day and World War I, Greg s modern beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot The Shell ePUB Ò soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg s own feelings of insecurity.

  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Shell House
  • Linda Newbery
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 0385750110

About the Author: Linda Newbery

Linda Iris Newbery born August , in Romford, Essex is a British writer known best for young adult fiction where she entered the market, although she has broadened her range to encompass all ages She published her first novel Run with the Hare in , The Shell ePUB Ò while still working as an English teacher in a comprehensive school She became a full time writer in Linda is a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation and is a member of the Society of Authors and the Scattered Authors Society.



10 thoughts on “The Shell House

  1. biki576 biki576 says:

    This book s writing style is very florid and sentimental I knew from the summary that it probably would be I thought by biggest complaint would be the writing style, but to my disappointment, sentimentality is the least of what made me want to throw this book at a wall Most of the dialogue during the present times felt ridiculously staged, Edmund got to the point where he was so scornful he became a flat and unrelatable character, and the ENDING This is the angriest I ve been at the ending t This book s writing style is very florid and sentimental I knew from the summary that it probably would be I thought by biggest complaint would be the writing style, but to my disappointment, sentimentality is the least of what made me want to throw this book at a wall Most of the dialogue during the present times felt ridiculously staged, Edmund got to the point where he was so scornful he became a flat and unrelatable character, and the ENDING This is the angriest I ve been at the ending to a book since Mockingjay SPOILERS The book opens with Greg the high school photographer stumbling upon a pretty, decaying mansion Graveney Hall Can you tell how happy this place is I bet the family was kind and loving and never judged anything ever This symbolic naming of things for their rolls in the story continues with Faith, the girl Greg meets by chance there She s a devout Christian what Really and becomes the irritating, stereotypically self righteous religion character that makes Greg question his atheism She s also the token Independent Woman If I m bitchy and snotty enough to you in the beginning, everyone will believe I m my own person and root for us to be together when I eventually kiss you His relationship with Faith becomes the main plot line, despite what the summary says.Greg and James talk a little in the beginning, have a little spat, and practically nothing else happens between them for the rest of the book Yep Oh, Greg considers the IDEA of James a lot, often comparing him to another girl he meets a flat character that purely exists so that he can feel guilty about sex But Greg is much happier talking to Faith about Edmund and religion than talking to James I actually like James, even though he s as mild as most of the other characters Too bad Faith isimportant.Now, Edmund The World War I plot isinteresting, mainly because Edmund is a bastard instead of a lukewarm character like Greg Alex s death is well done Even though I saw it coming from a mile away, it still felt awful and sad Even after Alex s death, when Edmund is crazy and way too ridiculously mean to his pretty neighbor, I mean really No one would be THAT awful I still found itinteresting than Greg s life At least Edmund is a horrible person.Now you would think, with all of this religious lead up, there would be some sort of religious closure at the end I did, anyway Instead we get this cross crap with Faith Greg feels guilty because he believes he made her lose her faith I get it That part is interesting He takes her cross for safe keeping to make sure she doesn t throw it away.Then we get a dream illustrating how Greg is struggling to choose between sex or love with the random girl and James, and Greg goes to swim with James but doesn t talk to him Heaven forbid the two actually hint at something concrete between them You can easily read this scene as James accepting that Greg is only a friend and nothing , which would be fine if we weren t given glaring evidence in the form of the dream that Greg does NOT feel that way Unless he chose sex over love I don t know Greg doesn t say Or tell James For one of the main couples of the book, these two sure suck at communication.And then Greg is threatening to throw the cross into the water, trying to get Faith to stop him The real climax his relationship with Faith Pun intended And we get this ambiguous ass sentence that could either be him throwing it in the lake or him stopping it from falling in the lake.And it ENDS With NO closure between him and James, NO closure between him and Faith, but hey, at least we finally know who burned down the freaking MANSION because I totally didn t know it was Edmund fifty pages in

  2. Kristi Kristi says:

    I couldn t get myself to finish this book I kept trying and trying in hopes that the novel would get better especially with so many high reviews on Goodreads The only plot line I found somewhat interesting was Edmund s storyline Unfortunately, it was a minor storyline because it mostly focused on Greg and Faith.I didn t like Newberry s writing style, which is probably one of the main reasons I put the book down I couldn t connect with it at times I thought the prose was too sentimental and I couldn t get myself to finish this book I kept trying and trying in hopes that the novel would get better especially with so many high reviews on Goodreads The only plot line I found somewhat interesting was Edmund s storyline Unfortunately, it was a minor storyline because it mostly focused on Greg and Faith.I didn t like Newberry s writing style, which is probably one of the main reasons I put the book down I couldn t connect with it at times I thought the prose was too sentimental and at others too superficial There were a lot of adverbs that evoked cliche emotions and movements I also thought that many of the conversations between the characters, especially Greg and Faith, were unnatural and perhaps even forced Faith is so incredibly open its almost unbelievable they have incredibly deep discussions for hardly knowing each other Most people I know don t open themselves up that much that fast Also, the repetition of the image of a shell, which is clearly a symbol in the novel, was too obviously placed at times so that it bordered on contrived I am really sad that I did not enjoy the book because I love the blend of historical and modern time frames in a novel As I rarely choose to put a book down and stop reading, since I love to finish every book I start, I read nearly 100 pages in hopes that it would improve Unfortunately for me, it didn t I couldn t stand it any I m so busy at the moment and have so many books I want to read that I can no longer motivate myself to keep reading the novel even for the intriguing Edward storyline

  3. Beth Beth says:

    It is impossible not to compare this book to this year s Carnegie Award winner, for it is the perfect companion novel to Aidan Chamber s winner Postcards from No Man s Land Dutton Books, 2002 Both books delve into issues of world war and burgeoning sexuality with passion, elegance and authentic characters.In The Shell House, shutterbug Greg is lured to the ruins of a mansion, where he meets a girl whose family is intent on a volunteer project to restore it Faith becomes a pillar between his It is impossible not to compare this book to this year s Carnegie Award winner, for it is the perfect companion novel to Aidan Chamber s winner Postcards from No Man s Land Dutton Books, 2002 Both books delve into issues of world war and burgeoning sexuality with passion, elegance and authentic characters.In The Shell House, shutterbug Greg is lured to the ruins of a mansion, where he meets a girl whose family is intent on a volunteer project to restore it Faith becomes a pillar between his internal storm between Greg s libido and his heart as he tries to figure out his sexual and spiritual identity.Greg s story is contrasted with that of Edmund, a gay soldier who once lived in Graveney Hall whose is struggling with similar issues An element of mystery is thrown in, as Greg and his friend the aptly named Faith are trying to discover the history of the hall and its inhabitants as they assist with the restoration.Abundant in metaphor and symbolism, the historical detail is excellent and characters and situations realistic but bit dramatic Still, this would be an excellent book for discussion on many levels, and a possibility for history curriculum frameworks for mature students or progressive schools

  4. Sally Flint Sally Flint says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable read I seem to be in a bit of a war phase at the minute and I loved the way the life of Edmund and Alex in the trenches was paralleled, in some ways, by Greg and Jordan s modern life Both historical periods were portrayed really realistically with dialogue completely convincing for the time The switch between narrative voices seemed seamless I was left wondering, was it in fact the same narrator well I know it was as in writer, but , I kept thinking of Edmund if o A thoroughly enjoyable read I seem to be in a bit of a war phase at the minute and I loved the way the life of Edmund and Alex in the trenches was paralleled, in some ways, by Greg and Jordan s modern life Both historical periods were portrayed really realistically with dialogue completely convincing for the time The switch between narrative voices seemed seamless I was left wondering, was it in fact the same narrator well I know it was as in writer, but , I kept thinking of Edmund if only he could go be treated by Rivers in Regeneration he would have been fine the outcome would have certainly have been less dramatic The central theme amongst the modern duo of accepting who they were was cleverly explored Greg s aggression and hostility that he showed at times was really powerful This book explores so many important issues, class, relationships, religion, the very purpose of existence an astute and intelligent teenager would love it I really think it would be a wonderful class text as the language is beautiful too, Hardy s poem held things together brilliantly If only it was published with a trendy cover it would be a massive seller I haven t read so many books that are so powerful and still have plenty of action, violence and romance Top read for me

  5. Rachael Rachael says:

    An interesting book of love, war and friendship but I felt it was rather unfinished I hate it when books are left open for the reader to make up their own minds about what could have happened I felt that there were still some mysteries of Graveley Hall unresolved and I wanted some resolution between Greg and Dean, view spoiler maybe a thank you for the first aid hide spoiler view spoiler Did they get together in the end He helped his friend get her faith back but what about him, did An interesting book of love, war and friendship but I felt it was rather unfinished I hate it when books are left open for the reader to make up their own minds about what could have happened I felt that there were still some mysteries of Graveley Hall unresolved and I wanted some resolution between Greg and Dean, view spoiler maybe a thank you for the first aid hide spoiler view spoiler Did they get together in the end He helped his friend get her faith back but what about him, did he find love Was he able to admit how he felt And what happened to the new Edmund, did he live out his life suffering the loss of his partner, we only got one chapter of him going to Alex s grave 21 years ago Did he ever move on hide spoiler I also wanted Greg to knowabout Edmund I thought he might have done as Edmund s father was given his personal possessions and must have realised the truth I desperately wanted Greg to find out the truth a bit too and for the characters to realised that they re not much different after all Instead the book went along the route of faith and the existence of God, which is not what I wanted to read about at all

  6. Rachel Rachel says:

    Interesting Main modern character is not resolved enough in the end and the ending leave you wanting The modern and historic characters and not connected enough But it is compelling Note content in this book may not be suitable for all readers

  7. Alex Alex says:

    This book I assume this is the audio CD is a very good read, bouncing between modern day and one of the world wars The caharaters are amazingly deep and the two stories reflect one another.

  8. Jeff Jeff says:

    This book didn t go far enough Engaging and fascinating at times, it had so much potential it ignored..

  9. Joanne Joanne says:

    Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.When I was first sent this to review, I wasn t sure if it would be my cup of tea As you may have read, I m generally not a fan of historical novels, so that aspect didn t appeal to me, especially as it was about the First World War And I wasn t too sure about Greg s fascination with the house either The story just didn t much appeal to me I decided to give it a go anyway I m so glad I did, it s awesome A budding photographer, Greg takes an interest Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.When I was first sent this to review, I wasn t sure if it would be my cup of tea As you may have read, I m generally not a fan of historical novels, so that aspect didn t appeal to me, especially as it was about the First World War And I wasn t too sure about Greg s fascination with the house either The story just didn t much appeal to me I decided to give it a go anyway I m so glad I did, it s awesome A budding photographer, Greg takes an interest in the dilapidated stately home Graveney Hall, seeing beauty where others see ruin When he looksinto the history of the house and it s destruction, he discovers Edmund Pearson, the heir to the home, died mysteriously around the same time the house was destroyed in a fire Edmund Pearson was a soldier in the First World War, and Greg is determined to find out what happened to him As we learnabout Edmund s story, similarities between his and Greg s lives are brought to light for neither boy lives a life without difficulty.The Shell House is a dual narrative, going back and forth in time the roughly present day and First World War, following the lives of Greg and Edmund Greg is a sixth former with an interest in photography who finds a new friend in Faith, the daughter of a Friend of Graveney Hall who are doing the home up, and discovers he s seeing his friend Jordan in a new light Twenty one year old Edmund is fighting in the First World War, where he met Alex, the man who opened his eyes to what love is He is struggling to work out how to live the life he wants, with Alex, when he is expected to come home, take over Graveney Hall, marry and produce a new heir Edmund wants a life of love, but has been born into a life of responsibility.Greg is a photographer, Edmund is a poet So each chapter, depending on who s it is, is opened with a description of a photo a photo Greg took, a photo that Greg would have taken if he had his camera on him, or a photo he s seen or a poem written by Edmund The photos and poems relate to what happens in each chapter, and they give you a fantastic insight into the personality and feelings of each character.Although their stories are very different, both characters experience similar things There are questions of sexuality and religion, which also plays a huge part in the story, for both characters Edmund was a believer who lost his faith, Greg was an atheist who starts to question I find it interesting how differently Edmund and Greg view their sexuality Edmund lives in a time where homosexuality is completely unacceptable but has no issues with his sexuality and is happy in his love for AlexI m not really joking, he said,turning his head towards Alex I mean it I can t imagine a future without youAlex looked down at him and said softly, Nor I. At moments like this, Edmund had the sense of everything settling into place This, then, was love not love as his father wanted it, all tied up with property and respectability and procreation This was love that demanded nothing but itselfp93 Where Greg, on the other hand, lives in a time where people areaccepting though, granted, not as accepting as we could be but has such difficulty coming to terms with and admitting the things he s feelingInto his mind, vivid and disturbing, slipped the moment yesterday morning in the changing room when Jordan had turned and looked at him It had only taken an instant, but there had been a sort of connection An exchange, an unspoken understanding He had stared openly at Jordan as he stood there naked he had gazed for too long, and Jordan had seen and not minded Jordan s glance had seemed to say I know It s all right.God, what am I thinking Is he am I does he think do I p176Greg walked back slowly, kicking at leaves, thinking about Jordan I am notgay, he told himself Not even remotely Just because IJust because he s always on my mind Just because I d rather be with him than with anyone else Just because it s enough to be together, not even talking Just because he obviously likes me the same way. Again, Greg thought of that glance, of what had seemed like a current running between them But what had Jordan actually said Hi Ready in a couple of minutes, if you don t mind hanging on Definitely not the words of someone who had just experienced a blinding revelation Male bonding, Greg decided, that s allp178 That s not to say Edmund doesn t have his own issues regarding his sexuality His problems areto do with outsiders views and his faithAnd Edmund, unable to reconcile his Church of England upbringing with what he had discovered about his sexual leanings, had been glad to discard God Now, though, in his desperation, he yearned for the comfort of a father figure who would listen and heed and intervene He closed his eyes and tried to pray as he had never prayed before Alex s suffering was a punishment for his homosexuality And his own punishment was this to be forced to stand by, helplessly, while his lover passed through torment and out of his reachp115 156Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind it is an abominationthe Reverend Tillety quoted fiercely So it is written in the Book of Leviticus And what is wrong in God s eyes cannot be made to seem right or justifiable, whatever the situation I will not listen while you make excuses for your sin if it is repulsive to me, imagine how muchrepulsive it is to the Lord You must realize, man, that not only is it morally repugnant, it is also a crime in the eyes of the law Have you no shamep304 305 These two passages show something I find really difficult to deal with I myself am an atheist, but have nothing against religion and love people with strong faith As I ve been reading these books for LGBTQ YA Month, I ve found myself worrying about young religious teens who are questioning their sexuality, and don t know how to reconcile what they feel with what they believe I genuinely worry, because, god, what a position to be in The thoughts they may be thinking It hearts my heart, it really does And then there are the religious people who treat gay people absolutely disgustingly, and they make me so angry I may disagree with the views, but everyone has a right to their own opinion However, no one has the right to force their opinions and beliefs on another, whether it be preaching at me as an atheist, or scornfully telling an LGBTQ person that the way they live their life is wrong It makes my blood boil But back to the bookThere comes a point when conversations have to be had, and Greg can t keep his confusion to himself Greg is flawed, he does some downright awful things at times, but it comes from fear and uncertainty, and I just wanted to give him a hug Especially when Jordan comes out to him, and they have this conversationYou didn t answer just now when I asked if you minded No No, I don t mind But if you re asking if I m gayJordan nodded, waiting. Greg shook his head I ve never thought so But it s doing my head in I mean I fancy girls I don t know anyit s weird, all this All this what What sdoing your head in This is You are I think about you all the time Greg s mouth wrenched itself into a grimacing smile he shook his head, looking down at his clasped hands.What s funny Can t believe what I just saidp210 211 The Shell House discusses faith and spirituality as much as it does sexuality For the most part, despite what what I quote above, it s a separate discussion to what religion says about sexuality, it sa discussion about whether God exists or not There are so many different views shared, it s just so fascinating Greg uses scientific advances and discoveries as reasons for there not being a God, but there are also thought out, believable arguments for the non existence of God in Edmund s time, too, when scientific advancement is yet to come into play It s less about religion, andabout belief, what each character believes to be true Both sides of the argument are represented so well, I couldn t tell you whether Newberry is religious or not.The Shell House is beautifully written Some passages are just so deliciously put together, you want to read them out loud Sometimes poetic, always gorgeous The imagery is beautiful, and there are certain ideas the characters have, on love, on sex, on words, that really resonated with me because they are so like my own, but expressed in a way I would never have been able to.I have literally been copying out sections for myself, to read whenever I wish If I was going to give this book one criticism, despite the beautiful language, Greg and Jordan used language that is a little old fashioned for present day I don t hear teens saying Blast , You little oik , or Damnation There is some swearing in the book, so it s not as if they re used instead of swear words It just seemed a little strange and jarring.The Shell House is an amazing story, about people, about a house, about love, sexuality and faith A beautiful, wonderful story, and one I would highly recommend Thank you to RHCP for the review copy

  10. Idit Bourla Idit Bourla says:

    What the hell, Greg About 90% of reading I asked myself WTF you re doing Spoilers, everyone The Shell House is a remerkable story, or at least started as one, with an unproper ending and with no solution I hardly remember any book with such a foggy ending, such as the one in Sprout Greg is a physics student who is very much confused with everything in his life He doens t get along with his family, his best friend is a stupid stud, and his other friend turns out to be gay, while he himself p What the hell, Greg About 90% of reading I asked myself WTF you re doing Spoilers, everyone The Shell House is a remerkable story, or at least started as one, with an unproper ending and with no solution I hardly remember any book with such a foggy ending, such as the one in Sprout Greg is a physics student who is very much confused with everything in his life He doens t get along with his family, his best friend is a stupid stud, and his other friend turns out to be gay, while he himself pretty much discovering his own desires, but for some reason, or rather for a reason we re all familiar with, he doesn t accept it, and goes ahead to sleep with a whore, over and over, to prove himself wrong DENIAL DENIAL DENIAL In the meantime Greg developes an inexplained obsession towards a mystery in an ancient household, where lived Edmond Pearson, who was gay himself, and fell in love with a soldier We get to know both stories, in both timelines, one at 1917 and other at 2002, at the same time, dealing with different challenges, with the background of the same problem.The writing was overwhelemd and I really cared for the characters They were all very interesting The stories were interesting and I especially was in love with Jordan But I was troubled by two matters.First, GREGHe was decent at first But afterwards starting making stupid decisions I don t get it You don t want to go to the party And you re going anyway The girl wants to believe God or whatever, in the Devil s name, why bother arguening Or rather, the girl doesn t want to believe any Hurra You go and pray for her salvation For her faith Instead of just ignoring bunch of silly kids, you go ahead and attack them What did you expect And the worst of all, the boy of your dream comes out to you, and what you re doing Getting all hysterical, which is okay at first, but even after a bunch of days, you re acting like a doosh I mean, what is that A mature and english version to Absolutely Positively Not Secondly, the ending, which was a horror They didn t really solve the mysery They don t know the real story More than that, what s next He s ending up in DENIAL You love the boy but you go ahead and sleep with the damn whore anyway And that talk about God at the end, I love philophical discussion and all the merrier, but what was their point so he s a beliver now like in SHREK To conclude, a wonderful book, with a bigger potencial, no ending, and a moron narrator not Edmond He s the love of my life Check out my new published book with LGBT and WAR theme in it The Third Man

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