At the Crossing-places

At the Crossing-places

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Arthur de Caldicot, now page to Lord Stephen, sets off to Bruges and thence across France to Venice as the first stage in the preparations for going on a Crusade. On his journey, he looks into the shining stone that Merlin gave him and sees the legends of King Arthur and his knights revealed to him. They make a counterpoint to his own experiences as he struggles to do the right thing in relation to his father, the cruel Sir William, to his brother Serle, and the complex situations he encounters in the Manor of Caldicot as well as on his travels. The Seeing Stone is being heralded as a classic in the making and pre-publication reviews include: 'it is of course wonderful to read such a lyrical, authoritative and accessible retelling of the Arthurian legends . . best of all is the figure of Arthur de Caldicot, a true child of his time, would-be man of action and poet in spite of himself. I truly love this book.' Jan Mark ' bright and as vivid as the pictures in a Book of Hours. Deep scholarship, high imagination, and great gifts of storytelling have gone into this; I was spellbound.' Phillip Pullmanshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Audio cassette
  • 106 x 138 x 17mm | 126g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
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  • 0752846795
  • 9780752846798

About Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm and The Seeing Stone won the Bronze Award for the Smarties Prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. Samuel West, the son of Timothy West and Prunella Scales, has appeared in films ranging from Notting Hill to Iris, on television in Persuasion and Prince Caspian and on stage (including an acclaimed Hamlet for the RSC). Radio work includes The Merchant of Venice, Poetry Please and Richard II (as Richard).show more

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'West's interpretation could not be further from Maloney's, but his controlled and appealing characterisation is also hugely successful, simple and dazzling.' -- Daniel Paddington TIME OUTshow more