Scheherazade

Scheherazade

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It is nearly twenty years since Scheherazade spun her tales for a thousand and one nights; the tales that saved her life and immortalised the city that she had never seen - until now. Scheherazade and her husband, King Shahriyar, arrive in Baghdad to a rapturous welcome from the Caliph and his people, but within hours the Queen is kidnapped from her bathhouse, and disappears. An ancient prophecy leads the Caliph to despatch a motley crew of sailors on a rescue mission. As the seven unlikely saviours venture deeper into the unforgiving desert, losing camels, supplies, and all sense of direction, Scheherazade must face her abductors alone. And once again she begins to spin a tale to save her life...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 154 x 231 x 40mm | 808g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
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  • 0747268681
  • 9780747268680

Review quote

It is 20 years since Scheherazade spun her tales for 1,001 nights; the tales that saved her life and immortalised the city that she had never seen - until now. Scheherazade and her husband, King Shahriyar, arrive in Baghdad to a rapturous welcome from the caliph and his people, but within hours the queen is kidnapped from her bathhouse and disappears. An ancient prophecy leads the caliph to despatch a motley crew of sailors on a rescue mission. Scheherazade goes along and finds her life in danger once more. This is a remarkable and mysterious first novel, elegantly written and vividly characterised. Riffing on the Arabian Nights has been done before, but never with as much aplomb as here. As well as being a considerable piece of storytelling, this is a striking testament to the power of the imagination.show more

About Anthony O'Neill

Anthony O'Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He lives in Australia, and is a full-time writer.show more

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4 25% (18)
3 41% (30)
2 7% (5)
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