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The Little Snake (Hardback)
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The Little Snake (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 08/11/2018
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A.L. Kennedy's homage to 75 years of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is a beautifully simple fable of a love that grows amidst the ruins.

This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites.

When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.

From one of Britain's most gifted and celebrated writers, The Little Snake is a magical and deeply moving fable about the journey we all take through life, about love and family, about war and resilience, about how we live in this world, and how we leave it.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786893864
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 184 x 120 x 18 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Incredibly moving, yet joyful. It made me cry.' - The Observer 

'A beautiful, deceptively-simple read that delves into the human condition . . . Gorgeous turn of phrase... The result is a brief read that is poetic, life-affirming and saddening - and you don't want the end to come.' - The Herald 

'It may have been inspired by present-day refugee crises, but A.L. Kennedy's latest book has a timelessness to it, the stately grace and emotional directness of a classic fable... Written with a childlike sense of wonder and fairness but a grown-up's understanding of the harsh lives endured by the less fortunate, The Little Snake enchants and touches deeply, ensuring that only the hardest-hearted will be left with dry eyes by the final page.' - The National 

'Thought-provoking and touching.' -  iNews 

'An enchanting modern fable.' - The Financial Times

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“Small but perfectly formed...”

‘This is almost, but not quite, the whole of the story of something wonderful and terrible and strange.’

Since she arrived on the literary scene in the early 1990s A.L. Kennedy has been, I admit it up front, one of... More

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“A parable for our times”

Mary is a little girl living in an unspecified but not entirely perfect city. The city is lovely – there are flowers and kites flying – but there is great inequality and Mary has just a tiny patch of rooftop garden to... More

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“Snake in the Grass”

This is a subtle and deeply moving fable that although ostensibly at first sight may appear to be an enchanting children's tale, in reality it is something far more universal that will appeal to all ages. A.L... More

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