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ISBN: 9781906551452
AUTHOR: Alan M Kent
Turning Serpentine
Turning Serpentine
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Set on The Lizard (An Lysardh in the Cornish language), the remote southernmost peninsula of the island of Britain – bound in Celtic myth and legend, and entwined with sacred geometry – Alan M. Kent’s provocative new novel examines the ancient profession of craftsmen who work and turn the unique, patterned stone found there, known as serpentine.

It begins with the war-time discovery of newly-born twins, who are found abandoned and afloat upon the ocean, and culminates in a beautiful but haunting love story of people placed on the very edge of life.

Kent combines this narrative with a set of compellingly original characters, all the time reminding us that communication can transport us to new worlds and relationships, yet the lack of it (ironically on a Cape famed for Marconi and its telecommunications history) can also maim and destroy.

In this novel, Cornish people, their challenges, heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness. On this far tip of the known world, the Christian and Pagan fuse; the sea and land merge as one.

The story offered is both tender and cruel, and Kent – Winner of the 2018 Holyer an Gof Prize for Fiction – writes with a passionate sincerity about his people. Seizing on folktale, fairy story and sometimes narrative that is magical and outlandish, he creates a new fable for Cornwall.

Alan M. Kent was born in the china clay mining region of Cornwall and graduated from the universities of Cardiff and Exeter, specialising in Celtic and Anglo-Celtic literatures. For several years he worked as a teacher, and is now a Senior Lecturer in Literature for the Open University in South-West Britain and a Visiting Fellow in Celtic Studies at the University of La Coruña, Galicia. His novel Dan Daddow’s Cornish Comicalities won the Holyer an Gof Prize for Fiction in 2018. In addition to writing novels, he has published a number of prize-winning plays and acclaimed volumes of poetry. His adaptation of The Mousehole Cat toured internationally in 2019. As well as his non-fiction writing, he has also edited several collections of Cornish and Anglo-Cornish Literature. He is the series editor of Lesser Used Languages of Europe, and joint series editor of Cornish and Celtic Alternatives.

Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 45 2, softback, 197x130mm, 400 pages. Published September 2019.

Dan Daddow's Cornish ComicalitiesDan Daddow's Cornish Comicalities - £12.99
Set in the fishy stench and dark, seedy underbelly of mid nineteenth-century Cornwall, Alan Kent provides the antidote to the traditional historical romantic novel.
Voog's OceanVoog's Ocean - £16.99
As old meets new, odysseys collide and converse and their stories live on in the present. Voog's Ocean is a novel that reveals much about permanence and transition, about hope and love, and about our need for truth and wonder. Packed with dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks and pages of extraordinary poetry this book offers reflections on both the past and our own postmodern age.
Voodoo PilchardVoodoo Pilchard - £9.99
The Trelawny Trilogy, first begun with Proper Job, Charlie Curnow! and its sequel Electric Pastyland, in Voodoo Pilchard Alan M. Kent offers another irreverent picture of contemporary Cornwall, which the Development Agencies and Tourism authorities don’t want you to read. Be prepared for anarchy, aerosol art, and being proper tickled up ass… Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Electric PastylandElectric Pastyland - £9.99
In this sequel to his acclaimed novel Proper Job, Charlie Curnow! Alan M. Kent offers another irreverent picture of contemporary Cornwall. Written in broad dialect, this is laugh-out loud fiction, truthful and touching at the same time. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Web Price: £9.99
11.58 EUR 12.49 USD 16.36 AUD

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