Reminiscent of the work of Umberto Eco, Salamander is 'a gloriously inventive, magical tale of books and riddles, castles and countesses’ Elle
‘A dazzling, bewildering, exhilarating novel, a joy for anyone who loves books’ Big Issue
‘That night, as the striking of the great clock reverberated through the draughty halls of the castle, Flood, in shirt and breeches, leaped barefoot, like a pirate boarding a galley, from his moving bed to Irena’s. He found her sitting at the head with her arms around her knees, eyes glittering…’
‘Gloriously inventive. Wharton’s gothic adventure is set in a puzzle of a palace with false floors, moving staircases and a printing press – with which Nicholas Flood hopes to print a never-ending story for [his master] Count Ostrov. He’s distracted from his task when he falls in love with the Count’s beautiful daughter, Irena, and his thoughts turn from infinity to more earthly desires…’ Elle
‘Poetic, inventive… a quest for the Perfect Book that this wonder-tale records, and likewise exemplifies.’ Guardian
‘A beautifully written, old-fashioned read: a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings presented in crisp, modern prose which is a pleasure in itself.’ Irish Independent
‘A madly beguiling novel with enough imagination in it for three books.’ Sunday Tribune
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from the reviews for Icefields:
‘Wharton’s touch is sure and light, yet capable of wide effect. Icefields is a novel of crystalline beauty from a writer to watch.’ Ronald Wright, TLS
‘Wharton’s crisp prose transports you to the edge of the glacier… This is a clean, pensive book that inspires contemptlation of one’s own visions.’ Time OutAbout the Author:
thomas wharton is the author of one previous novel, Icefields (1994), of which the Telegraph said: ‘Crosses Ondaatje’s The English Patient with Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow… ironic, brilliant and unforgettable.’
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Book Description Flamingo / HarperCollins, Australia, 2002. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The English are about to seize Canada from the French when a colonel walks into a bookshop where a young woman proceeds to tell him all about the ideal book, and about the castle where it was made, and the man who made it - a fantastical tale which concerns the Ottomans attacking Belgrade in 1717. 372 pages. Pen mark to bottom of page edges indicating remainder mark. Light tanning to pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN: 0007128657. ISBN/EAN: 9780007128655. Inventory No: 226192. Bookseller Inventory # 226192
Book Description Flamingo, London, 2002. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Tanning to edge of pages. Bookseller Inventory # 072866