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The River and the Book

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From the internationally bestselling author of the high fantasy Books of Pellinor comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigenous people by the First World. Endorsed by Amnesty International as contributing to a better understanding of human rights, this poetic coming-of-age story combines magical realism and fable, and features beautiful black-and-white chapter illustrations.

In Simbala's village they have two treasures: the River, which is their road and their god; and the Book, which is their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does not come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic foreigner who comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.


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Paperback Editions

November 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: The River and the Book
Author(s): Alison Croggon
ISBN: 1-4063-5602-6 / 978-1-4063-5602-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2015 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The River and the Book
Author(s): Alison Croggon
Publisher: Walker
Availability: Amazon UK