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Jamrach's Menagerie

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.


Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year Award 2011.


A Richard and Judy Autumn Read 2011.


March 2011 Book of the Month.

A touching, charming and funny account of how friendship can develop between the strangest of companions that has been receiving some absolutely incredible but well deserved reviews, one of which particularly stands out from none other than A S Byatt - ‘One of the best stories I’ve ever read . . . A completely original book’


It's the story of Jaffy Brown who comes face to face with an escaped circus animal as he's minding his own business on a street in London's East End. Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach – explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world’s strangest creatures – the two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies, on an unusual commission for Mr Jamrach.This bears all the hallmarks of a book that will end up on various book prize shortlists...


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