- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: David Fickling Books (PB) (6 Jan 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1849920729
- ISBN-13: 978-1849920728
When the family business collapses, Beauty and her two sisters are forced to leave the city and begin a new life in the countryside. However, when their father accepts hospitality from the elusive and magical Beast, he is forced to make a terrible promise – to send one daughter to the Beast’s castle, with no guarantee that she will be seen again. Beauty accepts the challenge, and there begins an extraordinary story of magic and love that overcomes all boundaries. This is another spellbinding and emotional tale embroidered around a fairytale from Robin McKinley, an award-winning American author.
This appeals to my romantic side (jousting knights and beautiful ladies) and also to my interest in history (which does include the worst things that have happened!).
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (1 Oct 2009)
- ISBN-10: 1845950992
- ISBN-13: 978-1845950996
As the review in the Guardian says ‘Statistics are all very well, but unless they come clothed in flesh it is hard to know them in your bones. You can read about the Black Death until you’re blue (or, rather, yellow with funny red blotches) in the face. You can know it wiped out a third of Europe’s population, but until you’ve seen a man sobbing as he tells you he has buried five sons, or watched as wild pigs chomp on the remains of your loved ones, then history remains a glorified spreadsheet of society’s profit and loss.’
What do you think about my choices this week? Visitors to the blog are warmly invited to share your wishlist. So many fab authors and stories out there.