Jamrach's Menagerie

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Canongate, 2011 - Fiction - 348 pages
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1857. Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London's East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal. 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. His journey - if he survives it - will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits. Brilliantly written and utterly spellbinding, Carol Birch's epic novel brings alive the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the docks of London to the storms of the Indian Ocean. This great salty historical adventure is a gripping exploration of our relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains. Longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

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I picked this one to read because it was on the longlist for the Booker Prize. I started it when I first took it home from the library, but I did not get into it then and thought I wouldn't read it ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Carol Birch is the author of ten other novels. She has won the David Higham Prize for" Life in the Palace, " the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for "The Fog Line, " and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2003 for "Turn Again Home." "Jamrach's Menagerie "is her first full-length novel to be published in the United States.

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