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A spellbinding fable for adults from the award-winning and bestselling author, Sally Gardner. 'This heartbreaking, brilliantly written novel is the most original publication for years' The Times on Sally Gardner From an award-winning author, whose books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide
Women imprisoned by superstition, chained by guilt.
Perched on a mountain in a land of ancient forests is a village, rife with secrets. Cut off from the outside world it is run by the elders, men to whom tradition is all.
Edith lives alone with her alcoholic father who is forcing her to marry the village butcher. But she is in love with a shepherd who promised to return to her.
As the village becomes isolated in a sea of snow, Edith loses her power of speech. And it is this enchantment that will have far-reaching consequences, not only for Edith but for the whole village.
'A truly enchanting fairy tale that pulled me into another world and kept me there long after reading the last word. An utterly bewitching story about the strength and power of women and their voices' Jessica Ryn
'I loved this thought-provoking fable. A story of love, courage and rebellion, perfect for book groups' Anita Frank
Praise for Sally Gardner:
'An imaginative novel with a vivid backstage world of intrigue and romance ... Original and rich' Sunday Times Book of the Week.
'With shades of Sarah Waters ... irresistable' Guardian
'Arresting and original and written in a singular voice' Telegraph
'This heartbreaking, brilliantly written novel is the most original publication for years' The Times
'The prize-winning Gardner is [a] dab hand at literary world-creation' Observer
'Beautiful, twisted and dark. A masterpiece' Big Issue
'With elements of magical realism, plenty of sexy scenes, and a good dollop of drama, this is one hell of a read' Sun
'This is an inspirational piece of writing' New Statesman
'A truly original voice ... a thrilling read' Spectator
'Combines magical realist flights of fancy with a smattering of punchy feminist politics' Metro
'A compelling mix of bawdy romp and magical realism' Red
'Will have you trying to finish this book in one sitting
'Full of lust and magic, but not without heart. It's an irresistible world to drop into' Emerald Street
Selected as a Buzzfeed Brilliant Book You Must Read This Autumn
Publication date: 12/11/2020
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||12th November 2020|
|Publisher:||HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Myth & legend told as fiction,|
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West ('The Wire') has bought the film rights to both titles. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of ...More About Sally Gardner