A stunning debut novel, Anilaâ€™s journey captures a girl with an amazing talent for drawing who is swept up in an epic journey up the Ganges where she hope she may find her father who has been long missing. A vivid Calcutta setting and a strong and convincing teenage heroine make this an exciting and dramatic story. (12+)
February's 'New Voices' title. Anilaâ€™s Journey is a striking debut from a fresh new voice and a powerful work of historical literary fiction. Its vivid Calcutta setting and determined heorine who sets out to test herself in the manâ€™s world of the late 1700s, gives this strong teenage and adult appeal.
Menace and mystery lie in wait on a young girl's courageous journey of discovery in this powerful work of historical literary fiction.An advert in the Calcutta Gazette is looking for an apprentice draughtsman to accompany a scholar on an expedition to record avian life in Bengal. How can Anila Tandy, left to fend for herself in a city of rogues, dare to apply for a position that is clearly not meant for her? But the talented "e;Bird Girl of Calcutta"e; has never shrunk from a challenge. And perhaps this voyage up the Ganges might be just the thing to equip Anila in her search for her father, missing for years and presumed dead.
|Publication date:||2nd June 2011|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Walker Books|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|
"Anilaâ€™s Journey is one of the most gmanbeautiful â€“ and beautifully written â€“ books you will ever read. It follows the story of young Anila Tandy, recently orphaned, who embarks on a river journey with a Scottish scholar aiming to discover an elusive species of bird. I love this book for its sumptuous prose, spirited protagonist and unforgettable adventure. This is Girl With a Pearl Earring meets Journey to the River Sea, and overflows with all the sights, sounds, smells and colours of 1790s India. Anilaâ€™s Journey is a story to savour and a classic in the making; a book that will stay with you for ever. Enjoy!" Piece written by Anilaâ€™s Journeyâ€™s editor, Mara Bergman
Mary Finn worked for years as a magazine journalist with Radio Telefis Eireann, the Irish Broadcasting service. She lives in Dublin with her son and works as a freelance writer. Anilaâ€™s Journey is her debut novel and was inspired by an original 18th Century portrait, which hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland (and now graces the front cover), as well as a lifelong fascination with India.Q & A with Mary Finn1. Anila is an incredibly strong and determined heroine of the story â€“ how easy was it to write her character?The first image I had ...More About Mary Finn