Letters from the Lighthouse

Letters from the Lighthouse


We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.


February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.

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  • Jess

    I'm sure I would've really enjoyed this when I was younger. A lovely idea, but ultimately predictable and anti-climactic. The parts where something actually happened were rushed - the rest was a slog....

  • Gemma

    Emma Carroll is my 8 year old daughter's favourite author. After reading all of Carroll's books, I have to say that she is one of my favourites too. I get impatient waiting for my daughter to finish t...

  • Sarah

    A wonderfully woven adventure story about courage, grief, friendship and tolerance set during WWII. When Olive is caught in an air raid, her mum decides that it is time her children were evacuated out...

  • Mathew

    In the midst of World War Two, a bombing in London becomes the explosive catalyst that sees two sisters separated. Along with her younger brother, Cliff, Olive is evacuated to the Devonshire town of B...

  • Amelia Harvey

    Finished this in one sitting. The storytelling is sublime, it features two children olive and cliff who are evacuated from London during ww2. We follow them as they try to adapt to their new circumsta...

  • Donna

    Emma Carroll does it again! A beautifully written story that brings her characters to life. You feel like you are with them every step of the way. Such a great theme from the past that is so relevant ...

  • Laura

    Delightful book for young adults. Lovely characters and a beautiful storyline with an important message....

  • Vonprice

    Let me start by saying that I have adored every book written by Emma Carroll, but this is my new favourite. Yet again, she has excelled in bringing to life thoroughly believable characters, capturing ...

  • Alex Baugh

    I was inspired to read this novel when I read about it on Mr. Ripley’s Enchanted Books last June. So I ordered a copy from The Book Depository and began reading the day it arrived and finished it in...

  • Lucy

    I didn't actually realise this was a children's book when I borrowed it from my friend, however, I'm really glad I read it. **Few possible spoilers ** It's the type of book, I'd have love to have read...