Backward Hourglass: Runcible Jones

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Penguin Group Australia, Feb 1, 2010 - Fiction - 440 pages
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Fantasy at its best for younger readers. Complex, exciting and Ian Irvine at his best.

After every defeat Lord Shambles returns stronger than before, and more determined to punish humanity. Having crushed resistance on Iltior, he now moves the war to Earth. An Earth which is on the verge of collapse.

Unfortunately, Earth's leaders refuse to believe that magic exists. Only Runcible Jones and his friends know that Shambles has caused all this havoc. Only Runcible can stop him. When he finally reaches Earth, he discovers that the whole world is against him.

Runcible Jones will need every bit of his courage and cunning to defend Earth.

And this time, someone close to him is going to die.

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About the author (2010)

Ian Irvinewas born in Bathurst in 1950, and educated at Chevalier College and the University of Sydney, where he took a PhD in marine science.

After working as an environmental project manager, Ian set up his own consulting firm in 1986, carrying out studies for clients in Australia and overseas. He has worked in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region. An expert in marine pollution, Ian has developed some of Australia's national guidelines for the protection of the oceanic environment and still works in this field.

Ian's previous fantasy quartets, The View from the Mirror and The Well of Echoes, are being published in eleven countries. He is currently completing the third book of his Runcible Jones fantasy quintet for younger readers, Runcible Jones, The Frozen Compass, after which he will write the third book of Song of the Tears, The Destiny of the Dead