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The Mysterious Greatwood

The Mysterious Greatwood

An exciting story of two badger cubs in an adventure that will appeal to all ages. The author wrote the book for his own children and it has become something of a classic parody of the future countryside. The modern threats to the Green Belt make the book as relevant today as it was when it first appeared.

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ISBN 13 978 0 9549508 1 1 Publisher Tewin Orchard Author Michael Clark, Illustrator Michael Clark Format 210 mm x 155 mm Binding Cased + dust jacket Extent 129 pages Illustrations B&w and colour line drawings throughout Publication 2007 Price £12.99 Several aspects of the fantasy world that The Mysterious Greatwood predicted have come true, as the pressure on the wildlife in the countryside as well as the land itself has intensified. The author anticipated a catastrophic human virus and modern theme parks with artificial animals. His ‘pinelons’ are remarkably like some modern mobile telephone masts. He invented a talking vacuum cleaner, for example, but dealt with the very serious themes with well-paced, gentle humour. It was described by S. Bisson, on his science fiction website, as ‘Once my favourite entertaining ecological fantasy’. Michael Yates in Teachers’ World said ‘Ecology comes to children’s fiction. And about time too...this seemed to me to be the children’s book we have been waiting for.’ Growing Point noted ’The allegory is explicit. The English countryside has been wholly concreted over except for a wood near London inhabited on two levels.’



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