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Transworld Publishers Limited, Jun 4, 2012 - Fantasy fiction - 432 pages
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Alone on a desert island everything and everyone he knows and loves has been washed away in a storm Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He s completely alone or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird, and gives him a stick that can make fire.
Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She s certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her but it seems, for now, that all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship s parrot, until other survivors arrive to take refuge on the island. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things (including how to milk a pig, and why spitting in beer is a good thing), and start to forge a new nation.
Encompassing themes of death and nationhood, Terry Pratchett s new novel is, as can be expected, extremely funny, witty and wise. Mau s ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone s lives!"

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User Review  - thebookmagpie - LibraryThing

I have to admit, I sniffled a bit towards the end. This book is probably more of a three-and-a-half than a four star book, but I bumped it up because it certainly isn't a three. I loved Mau and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

I've actually been waiting a long time to listen to this and I'm glad I finally got a chance to. This book floats between very serious life altering actions and how they affect the way the characters ... Read full review

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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.

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