The explosive short history of gunpowder and how it changed the world.
'This is an outstanding book, rich in its insights, and written with verve and style ...
IMPAC Winner Per Petterson's second novel - the stark, poignant tale of the bond between a brother and sister.
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In the bitter cold of Danish Jutland, where the sea freezes over and the Nazis have yet to invade, a young girl dreams of one day going on a great journey to Siberia, while her beloved brother Jesper yearns for the warmer climes of Morocco. Their home, with a pious mother who sings hymns all day and a silent father, is as cold as their surroundings. But the unshakeable bond between brother and sister creates a vital warmth which glows in spite of the chill and the dark clouds that threaten to overtake their dreams.
A compassionate, moving but clear-eyed view of family relationships...overwhelming emotional power
One of the past decade's most moving novels
Beautifully written....wistfully sad novel...Petterson is a writer of great talent and originality
The past and present collide almost violently, and it all sneaks up on you in a way that makes you catch your breath
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A fascinating travel book by one of the most magical writers of his generation.
'A magnificent achievement' Nikolai Tolstoy, The Times
Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer and a bookseller. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the prizewinning novel Out Stealing Horses ...