The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson

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

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England, and adopted by Pentecostal parents who brought her up in the nearby mill-town of Accrington. As a Northern working class girl she was not encouraged to be clever. Her adopted father was a factory worker, her mother stayed at home. There were only six books in the house, including the Bible and Cruden's Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments. Strangely, one of the other books was Malory's Morte d'Arthur, and it was this that started her life quest of reading and writing. The house had no bathroom either, which was fortunate because it meant that Jeanette could read her books by flashlight in the outside toilet. Reading was not much approved unless it was the Bible. Her parents intended her for the missionary field. Schooling was erratic but Jeanette had got herself into a girl's grammar school and later she read English at Oxford University. This was not an easy transition. Jeanette had left home at 16 after falling in love with another girl. While she took her A levels she lived in various places, supporting herself by evening and weekend work. In a year off to earn money, she worked as a domestic in a lunatic asylum.

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400 pages


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