Text Publishing Company
, Sep 21, 2011
- 348 pages
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.