Crane Mansions: a novel about the redeeming power of cake

By Gert Loveday

Comedy & satire | eBook


'Crane Mansions' is a darkly comic and magical world in which the wondering, fantasy and confusion of children come face to face with the schemes, delusions and machinations of adults. Around Millie Lord, a long-lost, amnesic heiress abandoned at the harsh Crane Mansions school, swirl a galaxy of plots. A pair of schemers is intent on stealing her inheritance, a conman is trying to infiltrate the school to steal a mystery invention, the senior boys are running a pigeon-betting ring, and a megalomaniac schoolmaster is embezzling the school's funds, while the other-worldly headmaster, Dr Crane, drifts in a world of his own. Poetry and cake are the keys to unlocking the secret of Millie’s past, thwarting the schemers and opening the heart of Dr Crane. A marvelous, mischievous tale, heavy on laughs and the foibles of human beings, said one reviewer.


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'Crane Mansions' is a darkly comic and magical world in which the wondering, fantasy and confusion of children come face to face with the schemes, delusions and machinations of adults. Around Millie Lord, a long-lost, amnesic heiress abandoned at the harsh Crane Mansions school, swirl a galaxy of plots. A pair of schemers is intent on stealing her inheritance, a conman is trying to infiltrate the school to steal a mystery invention, the senior boys are running a pigeon-betting ring, and a megalomaniac schoolmaster is embezzling the school's funds, while the other-worldly headmaster, Dr Crane, drifts in a world of his own. Poetry and cake are the keys to unlocking the secret of Millie’s past, thwarting the schemers and opening the heart of Dr Crane. A marvelous, mischievous tale, heavy on...


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Gert Loveday is the pen name of sisters Joan Kerr and Gabrielle Daly. Gabrielle’s background is in nursing, medical research and music, while Joan is a widely-published poet and short fiction writer. You can read more about how they came to be Gert on this interview with Guy Savage of 'His Futile Preoccupations' http://swiftlytiltingplanet.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/gert-loveday-interview/ Gert Loveday writes with authority on peculiar diets, exercise regimes, body makeovers, extreme fashion, gurus, pigeons, religion, poetry, politics, the health bureaucracy, gourmet cooking, reality TV and literature from the Norse Sagas to Jeffrey Archer, with a sharp eye for character foibles and the pricking of pomposity. They blog on books, writing and literary fun at Gert Loveday -Fun With Books.


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Gert Loveday is the pen name of sisters Joan Kerr and Gabrielle Daly. Gabrielle’s background is in nursing, medical research and music, while Joan is a widely-published poet and short fiction writer. You can read more about how they came to be Gert on this interview with Guy Savage of 'His Futile Preoccupations' http://swiftlytiltingplanet.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/gert-loveday-interview/ Gert Lov...


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