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The Snow Song

by Sally Gardner

Family Drama Relationship Stories Sci-Fi and Fantasy Star Books

LoveReading View on The Snow Song

Deceptively simple, and simply lovely, this thoroughly modern yet ancient fairy tale both stings and enchants with its themes of superstition and prejudice. Edith is being forced to marry the village butcher, when in fact she loves and waits for the shepherd to return to her. When the snow falls, Edith stops speaking and listens in her silence as the village begins to change. Sally Gardener (who also wrote The Beauty of the Wolf and An Almond for A Parrot as Wray Delaney) has the most gentle, yet fierce and evocative way with words. I would read one of her novels, no matter what the genre, but she really does excel when magic touches realism. A crystal clear purity spills from the pages while the richly fulfilling storyline heads towards its conclusion. You may well find that a little piece of your heart breaks, yet there is so much to fall in love with in this striking tale. I’ve chosen The Snow Song as one of my Liz Picks of the Month, it’s a book that sits perfectly as winter approaches. 

Liz Robinson

The Snow Song Synopsis

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.

The Snow Song Press Reviews

'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

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ISBN: 9780008217402
Publication date: 12/11/2020
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008217402
Publication date: 12th November 2020
Author: Sally Gardner
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Relationship Stories, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Star Books,
Collections: 40 unmissable magic realist reads - “It’s real-life, but not as we know it”, Our Favourite Books of 2020,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Myth & legend told as fiction,

About Sally Gardner

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 ...

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