Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (Hardback)
  • Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (Hardback)

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 02/06/2016
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Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize The year is 1918 and in Iceland the erupting volcano Katla can be seen colouring the sky night and day from the streets of Reykjavik. Yet life in the small capital carries on as usual, despite the natural disaster, a shortage of coal and, in the outside world, the Great War grinding on. There, sixteen-year-old Mani Steinn lives for the new fashion - the movies. Asleep he dreams altered versions of them, their tapestry of events threaded with strands from his own life. Awake he hovers on the fringes of society. But then the Spanish flu epidemic comes ashore, killing hundreds and driving thousands into their sick beds. The shadows of existence deepen and for Mani everything changes. Capturing Iceland at a moment of profound transformation, this is the story of a misfit in a place where life and death, reality and imagination, secrets and revelations jostle for dominance. With not a word wasted, this mesmerising and original novel is the work of a major international writer.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473613133

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I felt this book was an abstract from a far longer story...I simply needed more details ..
It is set in 1918, in Iceland during the book it covers; the erupting volcano Katla, a coal shortage, Spanish flu epidemic... More

Hardback edition
19th April 2016
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Angie at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street

“Sjón is a master of providing just the right amount of story to leave a lasting burn in the mind.”

Thanks so much to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for making review copies of this book available to booksellers.

Stark, atmospheric, and suffused with haunting imagery, this super skinny novel does exactly what... More

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