Harriet Goodwin read medieval English at Oxford University before training as a professional singer. She sang and toured with a number of acclaimed ensembles, and after the birth of her fourth child she had a vivid dream about a boy who fell through the surface of the Earth into the Underworld - thus the novel was born. Harriet lives in Staffordshire with her family.
Harriet Goodwin books reviewed
The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
For a millionth of a second the car grazed the drenched moorland. If it had come down on any other patch of ground Finn would simply have been another statistic. Death by d...
- The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
For a millionth of a second the car grazed the drenched moorland. If it had come down on any other patch of ground Finn would simply have been another statistic. Death by dangerous driving. But the car hit the surface of the Earth at Exit 43. It slid through the membrane like a hot knife through butter, plunging into the darkness and catapulting Finn from its shattered windscreen as it fell. Finn Oliver knows he'll never come to terms with his father's death, but joy-riding over the moors in his mum's beat-up old car is a quick fix of freedom and forgetting. Until the accident happens - and Finn finds himself hurtling through the wafer-thin divide between the worlds of the living and the dead. Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, "The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43" is a quirky debut novel laced with humour and a dollop of magic.
Thirteen-year-old Phoenix Wainwright is not happy about spending the summer in an old house in the middle of nowhere, especially when he hears that Gravenhunger Manor used to belong to his dead mother, Elvira - a secret which she kept from Phoenix and his father during her lifetime. But this isn't the only secret Elvira had been hiding - something terrible happened at the house during her childhood, something for which she was never able to forgive herself... Phoenix is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, but as his mother's secrets begin to unravel, Phoenix finds himself in grave danger…