‘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’.
The Carey novels are fast paced, colourful and imaginative, with entirely believable characters who take part in all the great events of their times, from the Wars of the Roses to the English Civil War and the French Revolution. Each book is meticulously researched and together the series joins up the dots of English history in a remarkably vivid and human way.
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Hattie & Jess