Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
By Mira Bartók
AUS Price: $24.99 NZ Price: $27.99 ISBN:9781406370645
began her writing career with an autobiography that was a New York Times Bestseller
and winner of the 2012 National Book Critics
Circle Award for Autobiography. The Wonderling is her debut novel.
Fox 2000 brought
the rights for this extraordinary debut novel with its nod to Dickensian heroes
and rogues, before the manuscript was even completed. In The Wonderling, Mira Bartók tells the story
of Arthur, a shy, fox-like groundling with only one ear and a desperate desire
to belong, as he seeks his destiny.
to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil
Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges
exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings
toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children
have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an
innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather
than a proper name – a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck – it is the
only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the
loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s
loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name – Arthur, like the good
king in the old stories – and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious
invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will
take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet
Arthur’s true destiny.
Mira Bartók is a writer and artist
whose New York Times best-selling memoir, The Memory
Palace: A Memoir, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for
Autobiography. The Wonderling is her first novel for young
readers. She lives in Western Massachusetts.