The Positively Last Performance

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Review

Gracie’s parents arrive in the seaside town of Seashaw with a plan to restore its run-down Royal Theatre – but it is there that Gracie meets the ghosts. There’s Miss Melluish, who faced a freak wave; Joanie and Jim who met a lion on the beach; and actor Roland Oliver and the trauma of the day he died his hair - and we are treated to the entertaining, absurd and exuberant life stories of them all.

This book is about life, legacies and the arts – in particular the fun, pleasure and wonder that music, art, stories and theatre can offer. As ever, McCaughrean revels in language and storytelling, unfolding a poignant and humorous tale that is full of empathy and joy.

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