The Little Snake (Hardcover)

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This delightful little fable explores love as a binding force in an otherwise tumultuous world. We follow Lanmo, a polite little reaper, who carries his task of delivering souls to oblivion with clinical detachment. Through his interacts with Mary, a young, optimistic girl who gives him cheese and wisdom, he begins to see the world in a new light.

A quick read sure to resonate with readers from all walks of life.

— Mary


"Some time ago, perhaps before you were even born, a young girl was walking in her garden. She may have been called Mary - that's what most of the stories say. Mary was a little bit taller than the other girls her age and had brownish crinkly hair. She was quite thin, because she didn't always have exactly enough to eat. She liked honey and whistling and the colour blue and finding out."

This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.

About the Author

A.L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick. @Writerer -
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786893864
ISBN-10: 178689386X
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Pages: 144
Language: English