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Great holiday listens for children.

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Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories
Written by:
David Almond 
Read by:
Malcolm Hamilton 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
4 hours 40 minutes 
October 01 2014 
Available Date:
October 01 2014 
Age Category:
Children (8+) 
Fiction; Children's Fiction; Short Stories 
Bolinda audio 
Bolinda price
GBP£ 14.98
GBP£ 14.98

International bestselling author
Award winning author

An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England.

In this collection of short stories, David Almond takes a series of ordinary lives and makes them extraordinary. A poltergeist is causing havoc in Joe Quinn's house. Slog's dad comes back from the dead to pay his son a visit. God even makes an appearance at the bottom of Cathleen Kelly's garden. These are tales where the everyday becomes touched with magic and the challenges of childhood take on the quality of dreams. The eight stories gathered together in Half a Creature from the Sea are all set in the North East of England where the author grew up. His love of Tyneside oozes out of every page, and it is his familiarity with the region that makes his writing so powerfully personal. Each tale begins with an autobiographical introduction explaining how the stories came to be written. These illuminating additions offer a fascinating insight into the art of story telling.

'An absolute treat . . . he writes sparingly and beautifully . . . fiction to treasure.'
Books for Keeps

'A powerful collection of stories, interleaved by Almond’s memories of the places he grew up in. It’s a meditation on the power of stories . . . extraordinary dreamy atmosphere and lyrical evocation of life by the sea.'
Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Read

'This coming of age collections of stories inspired by Almond’s childhood in the north east, which of course is so prevalent through his work.'
The Bookseller