Author(s): Celia Rees
Young Adult | No Category
When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in eighteenth century West Indies they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families. But Fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.
Over 250,000 copies sold of Witch Child & Sorceress in the Bloomsbury edition with 18 foreign language editions to date. Pirates! hardback sales in the Bloomsbury edition now total 80,000 copies and film option agreed.Author short-listed for the Guardian Award and the Whitbread Children's book award.
This is as swashbuckling a yarn as anyone could wish for.' Adele Geras, The Guardian this is by far the best read this autumn. Give this to your children to read and the words will create vividly coloured pictures in their mind Dina Rabinovitch, The Guardian 'Well-known for her ability to write gripping stories featuring strong, intelligent female characters, Celia Rees has yet another compelling read in Pirates! Financial Times Pirates! is a treasure of a book' Amanda Craig, The Times
Celia Rees lives in Leamington Spa with her husband. This is Celia's third book for Bloomsbury and confirms her place as one of Britain's leading writers for teenagers. Celia's previous books with Bloomsbury - Witch Child, shortlisted for the Guardian book award - and Sorceress, have sold over 175,000 copies in the UK and are translated into 15 languages.