Jamrach's Menagerie

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Text Publishing Company, Mar 28, 2011 - Fiction - 348 pages
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2011.

This historical adventure from the author of Scapegallows was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2011.

1857. Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London's East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal. He is plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach-explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world's strangest creatures-and 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.

'One of the best stories I've ever read.' A. S. Byatt

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User Review  - Nataliec7 - LibraryThing

When I picked up this book I didn't know what to expect. I thought it was going to be about a young boys journey at sea which it was - however it was a shocker! The descriptive nature of this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

A really great story. The setup sounds like The Life of Pi; but the book itself is more reminiscent of English Passengers. I really loved this book. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Carol Birch is the author of ten previous novels including Scapegallows (2008) and Turn Again Home (2003), which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. She has also won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the David Higham Award.

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