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The Girl with Glass Feet

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With such beautiful writing and a wonderful cast of characters you are easily able to suspend disbelief in this magical, wonderful story.

If you like Ali Shaw you might also like to read books by Alice Hoffman, Eowyn Ivey and Audrey Niffenegger.

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Synopsis

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

A novel to fall in love with - for anyone who loved the escapism of The Time Traveller's Wife and The Memory Keeper's Daughter. A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird - she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help...Instead she meets Midas Crook, and another transformation begins: as Midas helps Ida come to terms with her condition, they fall in love. What they need most is time - and time is slipping away fast.

Reviews

'Magical'
Guardian

'Ali Shaw has written a rare orchid of a book, beautiful and eccentric and exquisitely sad'
Patrick Ness

'Shaw has worked the great tradition of European fairy tales and come up with an ingenious story... A magical fable of fate and resignation.'
Guardian

'Virtually weightless in execution... Gorgeously written, its unsentimental confrontation with mortality belies its whimsical surfaces.'
Metro

'A haunting and magical tale... Ali Shaw pulls it off in dazzling style, spinning an unforgettable story so vividly described that the reader is only too willing to suspend disbelief in order to be transported into his sad and lovely world.'
Aberdeen Press and Journal

'The Girl with Glass Feet is not just special - it's remarkable... [This] debut novel conjures up the extraordinary and fantastic, yet places it firmly in our digital world... It's a very visual novel - readers who enjoy using their imagination will adore it.'
Oxford Times

About the Author

Ali Shaw was born in 1982 and grew up in a small town in Dorset. He graduated from Lancaster University with a first-class degree in English Literature and has since worked as a bookseller and at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. He is currently writing his second novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2010

Author

Ali Shaw

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781843549208

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