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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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