The Story of Grace Darling
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This short novel was written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Grace's heroism. Part of the proceeds will go to the RNLI. Helen Cresswell has obviously researched her material well and infused a fairly unremarkable, hardly documented life with flesh and blood so that Grace exists as a real person above and beyond her heroic deed. Just as markedly the author has used one of her strongest talents to create a strikingly atmospheric evocation of early Victorian Bamburgh and of the wild heartless elements, always menacingly present on the Northumberland coast and which contrived to bring Grace her finest hours. An interesting, short read.