A delightful picture book in rhyme that offers the very last glimpse of Moomin Valley as drawn by Jansson herself.
A little girl is transported with the help of magic glasses from the tedium of a summer afternoon into an exciting world of mangrove swamps, spluttering volcanoes and sea, where birds fly upside down and wild things threaten to pounce. But she is not alone. Old friends from Moomin Valley – Hemulen, Sniff, Snufkin, Thingummy & Bob – have joined her in her journey, and Tooticky too, who rides to their rescue in a stripey balloon.
And who should be waiting to celebrate their safe landing? Why, Moomin of course.
This brand new version of a classic book pairs Jansson’s irresistible artwork with a playful rhyming text by Sophie Hannah, one of Britain’s star poets, and calligraphy by Peter Blegvad: the perfect match for Jansson’s quirky illustrations.
It’s 1943. The allied invasion of Sicily. In a lull in the fighting, a British battalion march through the summer heat into the bombed-out city of Catania, to be greeted by the women, children and old men who remain there. Yearning for some semblance of home life, the men begin to fill the roles left by absent husbands and fathers. Unlikely relationships form; tender, exploitative even cruel, and each doomed to end when the battalion moves on.
Many lives interleave in There’s No Home but at its heart is the love that develops between Graziella, a bright young mother, and Sergeant Craddock, whose faltering Italian and rough attempts at seduction mask a deeper sympathy. In this sensitive and authentic portrayal of men and women thrown together by chance and conflict, Baron offers us a rare insight into the emotional impact of war.
* A remarkably authentic and sensitive portrayal of men and women thrown together by chance and conflit.
Daniel Brennan, approaching the premature end of his life, retreats to a room in his brother’s suburban house. To divert himself and to entertain Ellen, his carer, he writes the journal that is Telescope, blurring truth, gossip and fiction in vignettes of his own life and the lives of those close to him. Above all he focuses on his siblings: mercurial Celia, whose life as a teacher in Italy seems to have run aground, and kindly Charlie, the entrepreneur of the family.
Enriched with remarkable observations on topics ranging from tattoos and Tokyo street fashion to early French photography, Telescope is a startlingly original and moving book, a glimpse of the world as seen by a connoisseur of vicarious experience.
A novel consisting of a journal written by a dying man disabled and disfigured by a rare disease sounds an unlikely candidate for the year’s liveliest and most elating read. But Buckley’s extraordinary tour de force is just that. Responding to the world around him with creative zest, its narrator brims with relish and perceptiveness. Verbal bravura, sardonic wit, and keen and funny insights embellish his pages. Mortality may shadow the book but it radiates vitality. Sunday Times – Books of the Year See full review
“When you look at the world”, the narrator of Jonathan Buckley’s masterful new novel tells us, “you project yourself into it, you possess it.” Telescope is a novel about looking and being looked at; about “the friction of being seen” … Observing a street full of strangers, Daniel says: “Experiences that mean nothing, that have no weight, are more important to a good life than any of them realised.” They are also more important to good fiction than many of us realise, and we should be grateful to writers like Jonathan Buckley for helping us to see them. Times Literary Supplement
“A dying recluse writes about his family for his carer to read. I’m loving it. Could be his breakout book? The one to win prizes?” The Bookseller
“Unusual in both form and conclusion, Telescope is about as life-affirming as a book about one man dying can be.” The Guardian
One summer, writer and musician, Jasper Winn set himself an extraordinary task. He would kayak the whole way round Ireland – a thousand miles – camping on remote headlands and islands, carousing in bars and paddling clockwise until he got back where he started. But in the worst Irish summer in living memory the pleasures of idling among seals, fulmars and fishing boats soon gave way to heroic struggles through storm-tossed seas … and lock-ins playing music in coastal pubs.
Circling the country where he grew up, Jasper reflects on life at the very fringes of Ireland, the nature and lore of its seas, and his own eccentric upbringing – sprung from school at age ten and left free to explore the countryside and its traditional life.
Charming, quietly epic, and with an irresistible undertow of wit, Paddle is a low-tech adventure that captures the sheer joy of a misty morning on Ireland’s coast. As the sun breaks through, you’ll be longing to set off in his wake.
Here’s a terrific review of the book in The Irish Times, by a writer who declares Jasper his ‘new arch enemy’ as the trip was just what he’d been planning himself … and here are a dozen or so articles by Jasper in Wanderlust magazine. And what he’s up to now on Facebook. And here is Jasper talking about his trip, and his relationship with Ireland, on an extended interview with the Outdoors Station.
Finally, here is Jasper meeting a shark during his kayak trip around Ireland. Watch the Video