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Devil by the Sea (Modern Classics)by Nina Bawden
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"The first time the children saw the Devil, he was sitting next to them in the second row of deck chairs in the bandstand. He was biting his nails." So begins the horrifying story of a madman loose in a small seaside town—his prey the very young and the very old. Seen through the eyes of Hilary, a precocious, highly imaginative, and lonely child, it is a chilling story about the perceptiveness of children, the blindness of parents, and the allure of strangers. As the adults carry on with their own grown-up antics, Hilary is led further and further into the twilight world of one man's terrifyingly distorted view of normal life. But will she have the sense to resist it?
Hilary is nearly ten and struggling to understand and be understood by her preoccupied parents, older half-sister, little brother and elderly aunt. At a concert party in the run-down resort where they live, Hilary sees the "devil" lead away a child.
About the Author
Nina Bawden CBE, is one of Britains most distinguished and best-loved novelists. She has published over 40 novels and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit. In 2004 she received the PEN Award for a Lifetimes Service to Literature.
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