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Skellig 15th Anniversary Edition

CILIP Carnegie Medal, 1998

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781444914757

Price: £12.99

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To celebrate 15 year of this internationally successful, multi-award-winning novel, a beautiful clothbound edition, with newly commissioned artwork, and special features:
– essays by David Almond on the conception and writing of Skellig
– exclusive first UK publication of the short story that links Skellig with Mina
– the poetry of Skellig – two complete William Blake poems
Skellig: a life – how the novel has transcended the page to become an opera and a film.

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister’s illness, Michael’s world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage, and finds something magical. A strange creature – part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael’s help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael’s world changes for ever . . .


A modern classic and this edition is one to treasure.
tBk Mag
This mystical novel is an ideal read for early teens, whilst also gripping adults alike.
A story full of heart and magic and big confusing emotions, elegantly told by a master craftsman. A perfect piece of art.
Big Issue
Sublime. A book to re-read over and over, yet never loses a smidgen of wonder. Essential... one of the great novels.
School Librarian
A short, fun, exciting read with twists and turns, suspense and mysteries.
Magnet Magazine
Lyrical, innovative and unforgettably moving.
Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell)
This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition.
The Sunday Telegraph
Lyrical, innovative and moving...unforgettably moving
Cressida Cowell, Sunday Express
The book I wish I'd written is Skellig by David Almond. Almond's book has a great sense of the mysterious; we are left with a sense of wonder. I wish that I had written it!
Joseph Delaney, Books For Keeps
This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition
Lorna Bradbury, The Sunday Telegraph
An exquisitely crafted book with a mystical core
The Daily Telegraph
The sort of children's book that makes adults find excuses to read more of them
Times Educational Supplement
Hard to put down
Liz Lightfoot, The Daily Telegraph
Refusing to read this book on the grounds that you are not a child makes as much sense as refusing to read crime fiction because you are not a criminal. A deep and lovely book.
Nick Hornby, The Times
An exquisite book
The Sunday Telegraph
Brings Magical Realism to working-class Northeast England
i (The Independent)
A story full of heart and magic and big confusing emotions, elegantly told by a master craftsman. A perfect piece of art
Lucy Christopher, Big Issue (london)
Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination
The Guardian
Humorous, heart-stopping and haunting...an emotional roller-coaster of a read with a cliff-hanger of a conclusion. Inspired and inspiring.
Newcastle Journal
A visionary story...a lyrical, magical kind of book which can be read on many different levels
The Daily Mail
Voted Carnegie Medal's Number one Top Book of the past 70 years
The Times
I can't eat a chinese takeaway without thinking about this strange and beautiful book about an angel who seems to have lost his way.
Gill Harvey, The Big Issue
A bookshelf essential.
The Guardian
Deservedly popular
The Observer
Powerful and moving
A beautiful story which will enchant young and old alike
Western Morning News
A modern classic Listed as on the of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
The Daily Telegraph
One of those books that you can't put down
Junior Reviewer Conor Neison, aged 12, Evening Echo (Cork)