Karen Wallace: A certain heartlessness

Karen Wallace's dark story for a 10/11-plus readership centres on Wendy, a young girl growing up in a well-heeled Edwardian family. Despite her privileged circumstances, Wendy is a lonely child, carrying the unwelcome secret of her father's infidelity with the glamorous Lady Cunningham and subject to the random cruelties of her tyrannical nanny. Echoes of J M Barrie's famous Peter Pan resonate within the story, but the link becomes clear only as the plot reaches its conclusion.

"It's really the story of an Edwardian childhood, with a twist. I wanted to imagine a situation in which a young ...

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