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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (original 2003; edition 2003)
by Mary Hooper
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0747561249, Paperback)'You be going to live in the city, Hannah?' Farmer Price asked, pushing his battered hat up over his forehead. 'Wouldn' t think you'd want to go there Times like this, I would have thought your sister would try and keep you away.' Hannah is oblivious to Farmer Price's dark words, excited as she is about her first ever trip to London to help her sister in her shop 'The Sugared Plum', making sweetmeats for the gentry. Hannah does not however get the reception she expected from her sister Sarah. Instead of giving Hannah a hearty welcome, Sarah is horrified that Hannah did not get her message to stay away - the Plague is taking hold of London. Based on much research, Mary Hooper tellingly conveys how the atmosphere in London changes from a disbelief that the plague is anything serious, to the full-blown horror of the death carts and being locked up - in effect to die - if your house is suspected of infection. A brilliant new departure from this best-selling author. "Mary Hooper is another writer to watch" The Independent
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It is 1665 and Hannah is full of excitment at the prospect of moving to London to help her sister Sarah in her sweetmeats shop. But bubonic plague is taking hold of London and Hannah's excitment soon turns to terror as the unstoppable plague spreads throughout the city. Includes recipes for seventeenth century sweetmeats. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.
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