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Sam Llewellyn was born on Tresco, Isles of Scilly, thirty miles west of Land's End, Britain's southwesternmost point, where his family has lived for 170 years. He was brought up between the coast road and the sea in North Norfolk.
After the best education Britain could provide, he married the prizewinning Canadian children's author Karen Wallace, and went to live in Toronto. Here the evening yacht races in the harbour gave him new insights into the darkness of the human soul, and the freshwater vastnesses of Lake Huron senthim cruising up the lakeshore in a porous Ackroyd dinghy with a tent under the foredeck. After a few years on a rock in the lake, the Llewellyns had just about forgotten where Toronto was, and moved to the estuary of Ireland's Blackwater river, where for a short but exciting time they held the eel fishing concession.
For the past twenty years they have lived in a medieval farmhouse in Herefordshire, England's wildest and most beautiful county, with their two sons, vast garden, and collection of boats in various states of disrepair. For several months most years, Llewellyn goes sailing to research his novels. He has sailed in most places from Turkey to the Baltic, in Maine, the West Indies, and the Pacific Northwest. In pursuit of fact and anecdote he has hunted pirates in the Philippines, crossed the Pacific in a rustbucket freighter, and rowed from North Wales to London, the rowing trip being the worst of the lot. For pleasure, he makes an annual trip to the West Coast of Scotland, where he cruises a 21ft open boat among the whales and mountains.
He writes a novel most years. He contributes to the London Times, Daily Telegraph, and Independent, and to Practical Boat Owner, Yachting Monthly, Classic Boat, and Sailing magazine.
From the pen of a very talented author whose writing is of the highest quality comes a book that is full of magic and intrigue, myth and environmentalism in a land that was once green and pleasant but whose land is now sinking, the sea batters its walls and it has become a place of poison and danger and the dwellers there fight an uneasy truce with monsters. Can one boy and one girl rescue this world from the evil which runs through it?A comment from the author:'The battle between the dark and the light lives strongly in my heart. So do the stones and islands of Scilly that are all that remain of the mountains of Lyonesse, and the sun that still shines over Lyonesse, and the gales that still blow there. I visit them often. I am glad that I now have a chance to take you with me.'
No one ever imagined that a weak, skinny boy like Horatio Nelson would be able to survive the hardships of life at sea. But he did. In fact he grew up to become a great naval hero, the man who saved Britain from invasion by the dreaded Napoleon. Nelson was someone who always did things his own way. He lost an eye and an arm in battle, but never let that hold him back. He was brilliant on ships, clumsy on land, ferocious in battle, knew fear but overcame it, and never, ever took no for an answer. This is his story.
Primrose, Cassian and Daisy Darling are very bad children. Papa Darling and Mrs Darling (the children's mum scarpered long ago) both know that child-rearing is a task best performed by experts, not parents. Unfortunately, the Darling family nannies never last long, for quite obvious reasons. Enter Nanny Petronella Fryer - Nanny Pete - in a Jag XJS. Nanny Pete is different. There's the stubble for a start. And she lets them eat anything they want - no more burnt custard or lumpy porridge. They're all about to embark on what can only be called a comic caper, which leads the little Darlings far from home on a cruiseship full of burglars - and ultimately to their own missing mum.
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