Ruth’s multi-award-winning debut novel, The Memory Cage, is enjoyed by children and adults alike. It was a finalist in the Waterstone’s Book Prize, teachers voted it best story in the UK Literacy Association Book Award, and it was nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
Rich in themes, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease, adoption, and overcoming family crisis in testing times, the book is read in both primary and secondary schools.
NOMINATED: CILIP Carnegie Medal WINNER: Inspiration Book Awards SHORTLISTED: UKLA Book Award SHORTLISTED: Waterstone’s Book Prize
The Memory Cage is inspired by true events, including the 1940s Dunkirk Evacuations, and fighting in the Balkans. It looks at conscientious objection in the Second World War, and the trauma suffered by children caught up in conflict.
With the fighting still going the world today, the themes of pacifism, healing and reconciliation woven into The Memory Cage have as much urgency to be heard now, as ever.
“An impressive first novel.”Fiona Noble
“Beautifully told… Moving.”tBk Magazine
“Older children and young adults will enjoy reading it because it gives you an insight into the life of a child who has a family member… suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”Agnès, Lincolnshire