The Battle of the Sun
Written by Jeanette Winterson
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A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands on him so that he can turn London into a city of gold and become as rich as rich. But Jack is no pushover. He’ll fight to the end to save London from its terrible fate even though it involves facing down knights and dragons in this inventive and heroic story which even includes a cameo appearance by Queen Elizabeth 1 herself.
This is Jeanette Winterson is at inventive, lyrical, imaginative best.
Winterson won the Whitbread Award (now the Costa Book Award) with her first novel, Oranges are not the only Fruit, but her first novel written for children, Tanglewreck, was not published until 2006 and was released to huge acclaim.
The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson
Jack is the chosen one, the Radiant Boy the Magus needs in order to perfect the alchemy that will transform London of the 1600s into a golden city. But Jack isn't the kind of boy who will do what he is told by an evil genius, and he is soon involved in an epic and nail-biting adventure, featuring dragons, knights and Queen Elizabeth I, as he battles to save London.
Praise for Tanglewreck: 'An exceptional book: big, ambitious and awash with Winterson's usual inventiveness
'Winterson has a fine ear for children's dialogue and her writing is lucid, pitched perfectly at imaginative young readers'
'The quality of Winterson's writing is of such a high order'
'A beautifully crafted tale ... it's obvious in every word, every plot twist, and every character that Winterson had fun writing The Battle of the Sun. This book radiates enjoyment, and the reader can bask in it. I was mesmerised by craft of an endlessly inventive author writing at the height of her power'
About the Author
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
7th June 2010