Anila's Journey: eBook (Reflowable ePub)

By Mary Finn

Menace and mystery lie in wait on a young girl’s courageous journey of discovery in this powerful work of historical literary fiction.

An advert in the Calcutta Gazette is looking for an apprentice draughtsman to accompany a scholar on an expedition to record avian life in Bengal. How can Anila Tandy, left to fend for herself in a city of rogues, dare to apply for a position that is clearly not meant for her? But the talented “Bird Girl of Calcutta” has never shrunk from a challenge. And perhaps this voyage up the Ganges might be just the thing to equip Anila in her search for her father, missing for years and presumed dead.

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For readers aged: 12+

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  • Format: Reflowable
  • ISBN: 9781406338058
  • Published: 02 Jun 2011
  • Price: £6.99

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Customer reviews


'Short of time travel, this book is the next best thing to experiencing life in 18th century India. Pulsing with the sights and sounds of place and period, a confident, polished work it is, suitable not just for the teenage market, but adults too.' Irish Independent

'This book was deeply emotional and absolutely unique - I have never read anything quite like it. I loved this gripping story and I couldn't put this book down!' First News

'Wonderfully mature. The language is precise and evocative, the philosophy deep but kind. A very literary piece of historical fiction which will entrance sophisticated readers of all ages. Beautifully written and for once we are treated to a strong female character who isn't the least bit anachronistic.'

'A remarkable book...a writer to watch.' The Guardian

'The reader's perseverance is repaid many times over by this story of a talented young girl's struggles in an 18th century man's world, with echoes of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness as well as Jane Austen and the Brontes sisters.' Cork Evening Echo (Eire)

'The writing is beautiful ... this is a book to saviour and read slowly and deliciously.' Dublin Evening Herald

'Finn writes beautifully , her passages depicting nature and birds, and hopes and dreams, are particularly powerful. This is an extremely enjoyable and accomplished debut.' The Irish Times

'Would be loved by teenagers. [….]You could give it to an intelligent 10 or 11 year-old girl who would live in it. I would have loved it at the age of about 12, I would have lived in it; on the other hand I’m not 12 and I thought it was so immersing. So good. I would recommend it to every female from 10 upwards.' Radio 2 - Aled Jones, Good Morning Sun

'A glorious romance that deserves to be enjoyed.' Books for Keeps

'An evocative, lovely, compelling read.' Newbury Weekly News

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