Fire, Bed and Bone

By Henrietta Branford

This award-winning classic speaks back to the divisions of fourteenth century Britain from the perspective of a much-loved hunting dog, now with a new introduction from Celia Rees, author of Witch Child.

Branford's Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning novel is a moving narrative about injustice, upheaval and survival in fourteenth century Britain. From the point of view of a devoted and sought-after hunting dog, her story focuses on the societal tension and oppression that lead to her beloved master Rufus and Comfort being arrested for heresy during the Peasants' Revolt, and how she must then struggle to raise her puppy Fleabane and forge a life away from the cruel landlord and violence happening all around her. Ultimately an uplifting story about loyalty and hope.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 8+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406379990
  • Published: 06 Sep 2018
  • Price: £5.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 176

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Customer reviews


'Branford's skilful handling results in a thoroughly convincing and totally engrossing novel. A strong and deserving contender for the Carnegie medal.' The Sunday Telegraph

'Both I and a 13-year-old tester were lost in admiration for the brilliantly devised Fire, Bed and Bone.' The Times

'This powerful tale with its unusual viewpoint is as fresh and exciting today as when first published... Cleverly original, the deceptive simplicity and economy of style makes it immediately accessible to any young reader.' Celia Rees

'“Branford’s sparse, tight prose tells a compelling story that feels as fresh today as it did when it was published over 20 years ago…”' Carousel

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