My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

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My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece is a 2011 novel written by Annabel Pitcher. It won the 2012 Branford Boase Award,[1] and received at least 25 other award nominations.[2]

Ten-year-old Jamie Mathews and his family, consisting of his sister, Jas, who is 15, and his father, an alcoholic, moves to the country from London after Jamie's mother has an affair and leaves. Sitting on the Mantelpiece in their new home is the ashes of Rose, Jas's twin sister, who was killed on September 9th in the London Bombings, five years earlier. Jas has been deeply troubled by the death of her sister, yet it doesn't bother Jamie since he was too young to really know Rose. At his new school, a catholic school, Jamie befriends Sunya, who is a Muslim. Jamie knows his father wouldn't approve of their friendship, as he hates Muslims and blames Rose's death on the entire Muslim population.

This novel is narrated by Jamie and expresses his deep feelings.


  1. ^ "My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece wins Branford Boase award". BBC News. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Pauli, Michelle (21 March 2013). "Annabel Pitcher wins Waterstones children's book prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2013.