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The Girl with Glass Feet

by Ali Shaw

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010.

The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. Click here to find out more.


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

The Girl with Glass Feet Synopsis

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.

The Girl with Glass Feet Press Reviews


'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.'

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

'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

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ISBN: 9781843549208
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781843549185
Publication date: 01/05/2009
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843549208
Publication date: 1st January 2010
Author: Ali Shaw
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ali Shaw

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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