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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

UK Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

I was there on the quayside to see Allie take her out for the first time, saw her dancing through the waves, and I knew I’d never build a finer boat.

When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie – a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur’s life finally come together?

The Times
Michael Morpurgo’s Alone on the Wide, Wide Sea is also about love and sea. Arthur is sent from Liverpool to Australia to escape the Second World War but finds cruelty and forced labour in the Outback. Years later his daughter Allie makes the return journey alone in a sailing boat. Lyrical and moving, it is one of the former Children’s Laureate’s best books for years.