Of all the characters in The Seeing Stone and At the Crossing-Places, it is Gatty the village girl - steadfast, forthright, innocent and wise -- who has won the hearts of readers. This is her story, written down at her behest by her childhood friend and hero, Arthur de Caldicot. Gatty's dream is to follow Arthur to Jerusalem - though she has not even understood that Jerusalem is farther away than Ludlow, and across the sea. As he sets out on the crusade, Gatty, unknown to him, follows. Her extraordinary journey on foot across Europe and towards the east makes a marvellous medieval adventure story.
- 125 x 143 x 24mm | 222g
- 02 Nov 2006
- Hachette Children's Group
- Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
'Teenage girls (and younger) will enjoy GATTY'S TALE by Kevin Crossley-Holland as Gatty, a character from Crossley-Holland's brilliant Arthur trilogy, sets off on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with her new mistress and seven other companions...The language is gorgeous, the sweep of the story magnificent and the reader, Claudia Renton, is a talent, giving a different voice to a large number of characters - and her singing is a joy!' -- Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS 'an adventure fraught with perils and a rich character portrait in the Chaucerian tradition. Claudia Renton shares with Gatty "the voice of an angel" and, having trained as a singer, understands how the author, a poet and librettist himself, aims to fit the sound of his words to the emotion of a scene.' -- Carole Mansur DAILY TELEGRAPH
About Kevin Crossley-Holland
Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in l985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. CLAUDIA RENTON trained as a choral singer. Without any formal training Claudia won a part in the BBC dramatisation of THE CAZALETS - her favourite book since she was ten. Her natural talent and enthusiasm have ensured frequent appearances on stage and screen since: she is a regular in the Granada series DISTANT SHORES, and has appeared in the films 1969, YOU'RE IN THERE, EXTRA PEPPER and DEAD BOLT DEAD. She recently appeared on stage in the RSC's production of Thomas Middleton's WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN: it was her singing as Ganymede in this which drew attention to her suitability for the challenge of reading (and singing) GATTY'S TALE.