Born in London, Rowena House lived and worked in France and across Africa as a Reuter’s foreign correspondent before becoming their European Economic Correspondent based in Brussels. She’s broadcast for Visnews TV and the BBC Radio 4’s Natural History Programme, and appeared at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Now settled in rural Devon with her husband and son, her prize-winning WW1 short story, The Marshalling of Angélique’s Geese, was published by Andersen Press in War Girls (2014). Her novelization of that tale, The Goose Road, was published in the UK by Walker Books on 1st March 2018. Rowena is currently writing two more historical novels for 12+ readers, one set in Paris and the other in Hapsburg Vienna, and continues to work as an international journalist and editor.
THE GOOSE ROAD - Walker Books, 2018
Amazon No1 Bestseller and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal and short-listed for the Branford Boase Award
A debut novel about one girl's remarkable journey across France during WWI.
France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front. "I think of it like a magical spell. If I can stop time, if nothing ever changes, then maybe he won’t change either." But a storm ruins the harvest, her mother falls ill and then the requisition appears... In a last-ditch attempt to save the farm from bankruptcy, Angélique embarks on a journey across France with her brother's flock of magnificent Toulouse geese. For readers aged 12+
“Gorgeous historical novel … with a tenacious heroine.” --The Bookseller
“A gem” -- The Daily Telegraph
Foreign rights sold: Lithuanian: Nieko Rimto