Jamrach's Menagerie

Jamrach's Menagerie

By (author) Carol Birch


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Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then, aged eight, a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy's stars. And before he knows it, he finds himself at the docks waving goodbye to his beloved Ishbel and boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. With his friend Tim at his side, Jaffy's journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 254.01g
  • 01 Sep 2011
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • 184767657X
  • 9781847676573
  • 17,631

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Author Information

Carol Birch is the author of ten previous novels, including Scapegallows (2008) and Turn Again Home (2003) which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She has also won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the David Higham Award for Best First Novel. Jamrach's Menagerie was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011 and the London Book Award.

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'Put Moby Dick, Treasure Island and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner into a pot, add a pinch of Dickens, and you will get the flavour of Carol Birch's hugely entertaining novel.' Mail on Sunday

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