2012. A trade paperback copy in fine, as new condition.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD Jess Richards' stunning debut will show you crows who become statues and sisters who get tangled in each other's hair, keys that talk and ghosts who demand to be buried. She combines a page-turning narrative and a startlingly original voice with the creation and subversion of myths. ON AN ISLAND OFF THE EDGE OF THE MAP, BOYS ARE DISAPPEARING The day the tall men come from the mainland to trade, Mary's little brother goes missing. She needs to find him. She needs to know a secret that no-one else can tell her.
'A terrific story, quirky and wildly original.' -- Joanne Harris 'A mystical book where a harsh self-sufficient lifestyle meets myths, legends and magic ... an unusual, haunting debut novel.' -- thebookbag.co.uk
Jess Richards was born in Wales in 1972, and grew up too fast in south west Scotland where she lived with her English parents and three brothers, watching the ferry boats going to and from Northern Ireland. She left home at 17, went over the border to England, and lived for a year in Carlisle, before moving to Devon. She gained a first class degree from Dartington College of Arts when she was 21, then after brief stints busking and carrying on in both Leeds and London, she moved to Brighton aged 23 where she has grown up a bit slower, and has lived and worked ever since. She has always written, probably on just about every day of her life, and recently studied Creative Writing at Sussex University. She has had a number of short stories published, and more shortlisted and longlisted as a result of competitions she entered while on the course.