The Secret is the 14th, and final, title in the Sadler’s Wells series. GGBP first published this in 2002, and ever since then have been constantly asked to reprint it.
This is the story of Vanessa and Sam – two babies found in the rubble of a theatre after an earthquake in Lorna Hill’s favourite imaginary eastern European nation Slavonia. One is the grandchild of a Northumbrian baronet whose daughter was dancing at the theatre when the earthquake hit, the other is the child of one of the theatre’s dressers. But which is which? The grandparents don’t know the sex of their baby, so both are brought to England. In the end, the little girl, Vanessa, stays with the baronet, takes up ballet and goes to the Royal Ballet School. The little boy, Sam, is brought up in Byker by the sister of a village woman who couldn’t have a baby of her own. But are they the right way around?
Jim Mackenzie has written an excellent introductory article on ‘The World of The Secret, focussing on the Newcastle area he knows so well.
Lorna Hill’s daughter, Vicki, wrote an article for our first printing of The Secret, which we have included here – on how her mother saw the story continuing in the next book (never, alas, to be written).
The Secret was published on 24th November 2020.