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Lizzie's Wish

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House plan of No 6 Chelsea Walk in 1857

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Victorian parks and gardens

Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War

Victorian traditions

Life in Victorian times


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About this book

The Historical House
Lizzie's Wish

  • Part of a series of stories about fictional characters living through real-life historical events, and set in a real house: No. 6 Chelsea Walk, London.
  • Each novel explores an historical era from a child's perspective.
  • Beautifully captures the heroine's ambitions, struggles and desires.
  • Includes Internet links to recommended websites where readers can find out more about life in Victorian times.

1857: On an extended visit to her cousins in London, Lizzie visits the newly opened Kew Gardens. Like her elder cousin, who wants to defy her middle-class upbringing and become a nurse, Lizzie has ambition and the will to go against the conventions of her Victorian peers. She wants to be a gardener, and the first step towards her dream is to plant a walnut in the garden of No. 6 Chelsea Walk.

Adèle Geras

Adèle Geras

Adèle Geras studied languages and taught French before becoming an author. She has since written 84 titles for children and young adults, including Troy, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. Adèle is married with two grown-up children and two grandchildren, and she lives in Manchester.

Visit the author’s website,, for more information.

Press Reviews

The premise of Usborne's Historical House series is a delightful one: a single house in Chelsea forms the backdrop for a set of stories spanning 200 years. Written by three acclaimed authors, each focuses on an atmospheric period.
These are engaging novels, immaculately researched and quietly informative. They can be read in any order; those who read them all will be thrilled by the occasional links that draw characters together across generations.

Kate Agnew, EducationGuardian
For eight to 12-year-olds, the Historical House series comprises three novels set in the same London house during different periods. The first is Adele Geras' Lizzie’s Wish, set in 1857. Linda Newbery and Ann Turnbull follow with stories set in 1914 and 1941. Lizzie is sent to live with wealthy relatives leaving behind her pregnant mother in the company of her stern stepfather. London opens Lizzie's eyes to a different kind of future from the life endured by her mother. All three novels shed an impressively wide light on the social and economic picture of their time, with a particular focus on women’s issues.
Lindsey Fraser – The Bookseller
Geras's novel is concerned with the vulnerability inherent in growing up and the hardiness required to survive it…An engaging read with quite a fast paced and active plot, Lizzie's Wish is also particularly suitable for considering not only Victorian history but specific questions of gender…It is certainly more suitable for younger readers but is so well furnished with references and ideas that would make its study fruitful.
Rowena Seabrook,

Reader Reviews

Lizzie's Wish
This is the second bok I've read, it was also very exciting. I recommended it to my cousin, and she has bought the rest of the series. It was as good as the first one.

Christopher Tovey, 8th January 2011
love this series
Could not put this book down read all day and loved. I was in biology and kept getting in trouble. The only bad thing was when the book stopped and I just wanted it to keep going! Lizzie was only young and if I was in her shoes I wouldn't want to be sent away from my mum and I hated her step father. And the book was told as though you were seeing a movie not reading. I read more books from this series but this was my favourite by far! I would highly recommended this book to anyone. Thank so much for writing this book :) :) :)

Chantel B, 28th October 2008

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