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Arthur: The Seeing Stone : Book 1

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The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches. Young Arthur de Caldicot is given a shining stone in which his legendary namesake is revealed. In 100 short chapters that brilliantly evoke life in a medieval manor, stories of the boy King Arthur begin to echo and anticipate the secrets and mysteries that emerge in his own life.

?? as 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.? Philip Pullman, The Guardian

?instantly evokes T H White?s The Once and Future King in blending the pastoral idyll of a medieval manor with the myths of King Arthur. There the similarity ends ? this is truly a crossover book, settling in the interesting space between children?s and adult fiction.? The Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 240g
  • Orion Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Maps
  • 0752844296
  • 9780752844299
  • 71,428

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Set in the Welsh Marches in the year 1199, The Seeing Stone is a uniquely contemporary take on the Arthurian legends. It is an enthralling story of secrets and mysteries in the life of young Arthur de Caldicot, who discovers his namesake, the boy King Arthur, in his seeing stone.

In a hundred short chapters that seem like snapshots of the past, The Seeing Stone brilliantly evokes the earthy, uncomfortable reality of daily life in the Middle Ages, and of a whole community - from Gatty the reeve's daughter to Tanwen the chamber-servant, from Oliver the priest to Lady Alice, keeper of a terrible secret - facing the conflicts and uncertainties of a new century.

The Seeing Stone is the first volume in the Arthur trilogy.
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About Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 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. The Seeing Stone won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and At The Crossing-Places won a Silver award at the SWPA Spoken Word Awards. Gatty's Tale was shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.
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