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Titre : I, CORIANDER (SIGNED COPY)
Éditeur : Orion, London
Date d'édition : 2005
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : First Edition, First Impression.
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 9279
The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen.
This is a book filled with enchantments -- a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world. With its brilliantly realized setting of old London Bridge, and underpinned by the conflict between Royalists and Puritans, it is a terrific page turner, involving kidnapping, murder and romance, and an abundance of vivid characters.
Coriander is a heroine to love. Her story will establish Sally Gardner as a children's writer of boundless imagination and originality.
'...I absolutely loved it. Sally has a fresh and very individual voice and a great story to tell. Coriander will remain in my head for ever; she's very real and her strength to go on whatever life throws at her makes her a classic heroine. There's a strong sense of time too - and a piece of our history that is not too often written about' (Wendy Cooling)
'Part fairy tale, part historical novel, I, Coriander is a spellbinding novel with an enchanting heroine - I loved it' (George Hanratty PUBLISHING NEWS)
'...stunning tale. ...The author evokes an aura of mystery and enchantment from the very first chapter. ...Seamlessly meshing fact and fantasy, the author composes a suspenseful masterpiece that will have audience members gladly suspending their disbelief' (Sharyn November PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (US))
'...combines fairy-tale elements with reality. ...Coriander is given an ending to please the most romantically-inclined reader. This is a beautifully produced book, with a traditional charm' (Linda Newbery TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT)
'..Sally Gardner is one of our most successful authors ... an extraordinarily beautiful and gripping tale, but what astonishes is Gardner's prose ....This is a classic new novel by an author who has written a rich fairytale for our times' (Amanda Craig TIMES)
'..Recommended reading' ( FUNDAY TIMES)
'...a tale of accelerated growing up, a drama of suffering and fear, loyalty and first love, all played out against a background of rich period detail. It is also the story of the growing pains of a nation - Britain - that went through its own fundamentalist phase' (Nicolette Jones SUNDAY TIMES)
'...spellbinding story... The author weaves an enchanted path between a magical, dangerous fairyland and the even more sinister real world... Readers will find themselves desparately caring about Coriander's fate' (Philip Daws & Margaret Niewiadomska HAVERHILL ECHO)
'...blends accurate historical detail with magic. ...a narrative with a really fresh voice... this novel can be said to be enchanting' (Jennifer Taylor CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER (AUG 05))
'A glorious, beautifully written novel... This story entranced me from page one and didn't let me go until the last sentence' (Julian Exposito BOOKSELLER CHILDREN'S BUYER'S GUIDE: HIGHLIGHTS)
'...richly written, highly visual and full of accurate historical detail, but most importantly it tells the story of a strong young woman who will overcome whatever life throws at her.' (Wendy Cooling CHILD EDUCATION MAGAZINE)
'From the first the story is gripping and the evocation of the times as vivid as Pepys' diary... it is with a real sense of loss that the reader reaches the end of the tale... Strikingly original and richly textured... a very special book indeed.' (Barbara Sherrard-Smith SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)
'heartrending' (Julia Eccleshare LOOK AT A BOOK (The Guardian))
'Deft and dulcet language, a cast of supporters... and the tie to a grim historical season will hold readers fast.' ( KIRKUS REVIEWS)
'[readers] will reap rewards from Gardner's conjuring of both turbulent 17th Century London and the shimmering mysteries of fairyland' (Jennifer Mattson BOOKLIST)
'captivating... you fall in love with her sensitive yet resolute character within five minutes of the start.' ( THE INDEPENDENT)
'a winner... a wonderful mixture of history, adventure, romance and magic.' ( BOOKS FOR KEEPS)
'one of the most original and unforgettable stories of 2005'` ( CAROUSEL)
'A very unusual, poetic tale' (Rosalind Kerven THE NORTHERN ECHO)
'original and enigmatic' (Juliet Towsend THE SPECTATOR)
'I, Coriander tells the troubled, half-magical stroy of a girl living at the time of Cromwell. Flitting between two worlds, this is a truly original work, richly detailing and emotionally compelling.' (Nick Tucker THE INDEPENDENT 9.12.06)
'This hybrid of historical fiction and fairytale is sure to be a hit with a wide audience. The rich descriptions and adventurous plot, as well as hints of romance and danger, will appeal to enthusiasts of a variety of genres.' (Beth Morrissey INIS (CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND) Winter 05)
'Sally Gardner convincingly turned herself from an illustrator who wrote into a novelist with her magical debut I, Coriander. Combining a classic fairy tale storyline with a beautifully described historical backdrop, she produced a wonderful book.' (Graham Marks PUBLISHING NEWS 16.12.05)
'a beautifully written tale of suspense and intrigue.' (Nancy Castaldo HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)
'The characters were really believable... Anyone who likes history or is interested in this period would enjoy this story.' (Carriona Paterson (Portobello High) TEEN TITLES)
'Brilliant descriptions, powerfully evoking the sounds and smells of London in the period and superbly drawn characters combine with a delicately constructed plot to make this book a real pleasure.' ( GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
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