Fire, Bed and Bone

By Henrietta Branford

This award-winning classic speaks back to the divisions of fourteenth century Britain from the perspective of a much-loved hunting dog, now with a new introduction from Celia Rees, author of Witch Child.

Branford's Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning novel is a moving narrative about injustice, upheaval and survival in fourteenth century Britain. From the point of view of a devoted and sought-after hunting dog, her story focuses on the societal tension and oppression that lead to her beloved master Rufus and Comfort being arrested for heresy during the Peasants' Revolt, and how she must then struggle to raise her puppy Fleabane and forge a life away from the cruel landlord and violence happening all around her. Ultimately an uplifting story about loyalty and hope.

  • Smarties Book Prize bronze winner (1997) and Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winner (1998).
  • Introduces a new generation of readers to Branford's highly acclaimed writing through this engaging world.
  • Comparable to Call of the Wild and Black Beauty.

About the author

Henrietta Branford (1946-1999) was a celebrated and cherished author of over a dozen children's books including The Fated Sky and Dimanche Diller. In her lifetime, she was awarded the Guardian's Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Book Prize and was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal; known for her striking characters, unique perspectives and emotive characters, Branford's legacy lives on in her fiction. You can visit her website at


1998: The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Guardian Children's Fiction Award - Winner

1997: Carnegie Medal

Carnegie Medal - Shortlisted

1997: Nestle Children's Book Prize/Nestle Smarties Book Prize

Nestle Smarties Book Prize - Winner

ISBN: 9781406379990
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $14.99
New Zealand RRP: $16.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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