The River and the Book

The River and the Book

by Alison Croggon

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 05/11/2015

 
Combining magical realism and fable, this lyrical tale is the story of a landscape and community destroyed by Western greed.

From the internationally bestselling author of the high fantasy series The Books of Pellinor comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigenous people by the First World. Endorsed by Amnesty International as contributing to a better understanding of human rights, this poetic coming-of-age story combines magical realism and fable, and features beautiful black-and-white chapter illustrations. Simbala's village has two treasures: the River, their road and their god; and the Book, their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does not come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic foreigner who comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.
ISBN:
9781406356021
9781406356021
Category:
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
05-11-2015
Publisher:
Walker Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
144
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x10mm
Weight:
0.12kg
Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon is the acclaimed author of the high fantasy series The Books of Pellinor. She is also the author of Black Spring, a fantasy reworking of Wuthering Heights; and The River and the Book, which was endorsed by Amnesty International. Alison is an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively, and she has written widely for theatre, with her plays and opera libretti having been produced all around Australia. Alison is also an editor and critic. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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