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The Porpoise

The Porpoise

in which pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler's hand, and ghost-women with lampreys' teeth drag a man to hell - and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home.

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ISBN 9781784742829
Barcode 9781784742829
Published 9 May 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Haddon, Mark
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781784742829
ISBN-10 1784742821
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication Date 9 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Haddon, Mark
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 555g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Family Life / General, FICTION / Sea Stories
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 976263

Description of this Book

`I really am so very, very sorry about this,' he says, in an oddly formal voice... They strike the side of a grain silo. They are travelling at seventy miles per hour. A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an over-protective father. She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world. When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail... So begins a wild adventure of a novel, damp with salt-spray, blood and tears. A novel that leaps from the modern era to ancient times; a novel that soars, and sails, and burns long and bright; a novel that almost drowns in grief yet swims ashore; in which pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler's hand, and ghost-women with lampreys' teeth drag a man to hell - and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Mark Haddon cuts right down to the grittiness of humanity every time he writes. The Porpoise is a beautiful, unputdownable, ancient tangle with its own sweeping tides and dangerous depths -- Daisy Johnson
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Mark Haddon is one of our most imaginative storytellers, whose work has been read and enjoyed by millions. In his most recent book, The Pier Falls ('Superbly gripping', Sunday Times), he reworked two mythical legends - Ariadne on Naxos and Gawain and the Green Knight - and turned them into startling contemporary stories. In The Porpoise he takes on the epic tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, to stunning dramatic effect.

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