The Exiles: The Exiles

Hilary McKay

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Hodder Children's Books


Winner of the Guardian Children's Award and first in the highly acclaimed EXILES series.

The Conroys are no ordinary family. For a start, they don't have a television. Nor are they allowed to keep pets. And Mr and Mrs Conroy never take their daughters - Ruth, Naomi, Rachel and Phoebe - on holiday.

But then Mr and Mrs Conroy inherit £5000, and, to their daughters' dismay, decide to spend it redecorating the house over the summer. So the girls are packed off to Big Grandma's house for the holidays, where lots of chores and horribly long walks await them.

At first it seems as though Big Grandma is determined to put a stop to any fun. But, being Conroys, the girls soon find novel ways to entertain themselves, and start having as many adventures and mishaps as usual . . . and after a while, even Big Grandma doesn't seem so bad . . .

In the media
'I can't think of a girl aged between eight and eighteen who wouldn't enjoy this little gem of a book.'

Jill Murphy, The Bookbag

'The characters are beautifully developed ... recorded with such humour and sensitivity that it is an engrossing, sometimes laugh-out-loud story.'

Write Away

McKay has created a boisterous, chaotic family which always makes me want to rush out and adopt three sisters.


'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.'

Kate Agnew, The Guardian