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Wolf Hall for kids | Why Ronald Welch’s novels will help your children fall in love with history

Wolf Hall for kids | Why Ronald Welch’s novels will help your children fall in love with history

‘Ronald Welch, a tank commander turned schoolmaster, is one of the 20th century’s most underrated children’s writers . . . Like Hilary Mantel, he understood that what makes a lost epoch stick in your mind is not the dates but the details.’ Telegraph Ronald Welch’s Carey novels follow the fortunes of the same family from their involvement in the Crusades to their service in the First World War and each of these books proves Welch to be a master of the precise detail that brings history alive for younger readers. ‘They are less subtle than the novels of his brilliant contemporary Rosemary Sutcliff, with her outcast, marginal character heroes,’ observes Iona McLaren in her review our Slightly Foxed Cubs editions for the Telegraph, ‘but Welch makes up for it in guilty pleasure. Through the twistiest of plots, Welch’s hero typically discovers himself to be the best fighter of his generation, who ends up brushing with the Big Names of the period, fixed in the reader’s mind for all time with memorable pen portraits’.

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