One Foot Wrong, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'The stars shine brightest out of the deepest dark'.

Hester is a young girl of dark beginnings and few words.

She is kept at home by her painfully reclusive parents and allowed no contact with the world outside the front door. And yet Hester finds joy in life's ordinary moments - to her, everything is an Alice-in-Wonderland discovery.

But from the moment Hester is forced to attend school, she quickly learns that there are some things she cannot tell her parents.

She knows that 'a secret has no sound; it lives in your darkest corner where it sits and waits'.

Until the day the secret can no longer be contained and Hester reclaims her freedom with one final, powerful act.

Published around the world to huge acclaim, "One Foot Wrong" firmly establishes the arrival of an immensely talented new writer.

You will not forget this powerful and haunting story..


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This is the story of Hester, a girl who isn't allowed to go outside. Her mother resents her for being born too late. She is never taught to read or write, the only book she has is an illustrated bible, and her only friends are the cat and the tools she uses for her household chores. She is kept hidden from the authorities and from the corrupting influence of modern life.Then one day, the authorities catch up with her and she has to go to school.It takes a few pages to get into this book. The author's writing style is very cold and stilted - short child-like sentences told in first person narrative by Hester. I think it's meant to be naive, but it came across to me as contrived.The book mixes the grim reality of Hester's sad life with her fantasy world, and I wondered how much of the closing chapter actually happened, and how much was her imagination.It's very readable if you have a strong stomach, but ultimately I think it was missing a heart.

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Compelling read with fascinating use of language and personification.

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