An entrancing writer turns her attention to the mysterious submerged land that once linked Britain to Europe, teasing understanding in a very personal way from conversations and small finds on her walks.
HC travels around the Bay of Bothnia, by the Arctic Circle, in a Finnish government icebreaker; if his last book, ‘Orison for a Curlew’ is anything to go by, this will be fascinating and beautifully written.
PP’s much anticipated return to the world he first conceived in the trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’. A young boy and his daemon explore the Thames in his canoe and discover the existence of a baby, called Lyra Belacqua… Ages 8-12.
Set in the late 1850s, the dying days of Hull’s whaling industry, this is a graphic depiction of violence, cruelty and the dark side of the human beast. Yet there is beauty and redemption too in this elegantly written, historically fascinating and morally profound novel.
Central to this wonderfully wide-ranging book is the notion that “there is always a further north, an elsewhere”: a multiple perspective that enables PD to roam, mostly in his mind, across England, the world, through time, cultures, poets, artists, myths, frozen seas, landscapes, townscapes… Published about ten years ago, this has been reissued following the success of PD’s most recent book , The Last of the Light: A Cultural History of Twilight (hbk £20).
The stories in this collection were published 1968-1998, during the last thirty years or so of Jansson’s life when she concentrated on adult fiction rather than her children’s books. Most are semi-autobiographical at least, the protagonist ranging in age from small child to old woman. They are deliciously odd, quiet, deceptively simple.