Jamrach's Menagerie

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Text Publishing Company, Sep 21, 2011 - Fiction - 348 pages
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London, 1857: after surviving an encounter with an escaped tiger on the streets of Bermondsey, nine-year-old Jaffy stumbles into a job for its owner, the wild animal collector, Mr Jamrach.

Commissioned by Jamrach to find and collect a sea dragon, Jaf soon joins a ship bound for the South Seas, and so begins a wonder-filled voyage of discovery.

But when things start to go awry, Jaf's journey becomes a fight for survival which will push faith, love and friendship to their outermost limits.

Brilliantly written and utterly compulsive, Carol Birch's Booker Prize-shortlisted novel evokes the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century from the squalor of London to the islands of the South Seas. This historical adventure is a major literary accomplishment and will delight fans of Michel Faber and Sara Gruen.

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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. She lives in the north of England.

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