Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella
In this remarkable novella, Hal Duncan has conjured a tale of The-Borribles-meet-Nazi-spies-and-run-headlong-into-the-occult.
The Land of Somewhere Safe: where things go when you think, “I must put this somewhere safe,” and then can never find them again.
The Scruffians: irreverent foul-mouthed street urchins, older than their years, waifs who have been Fixed by the Stamp, frozen so that they are immortal, providing perpetual slave labour. But now the waifs have nicked the Stamp and burned down the Institute that housed it, preventing any more of their number being Fixed and exploited.
Peter and Lilly: two school kids orphaned by Nazi bombs, who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and evacuated from London during the Blitz. Sent far further north than intended, all the way to the Isle of Skye, they are taken in by Clan Chief Lady Morag MacGuffin of Dunstravaigin Castle. With them are the four Bastable children – a jolly queer bunch – who prove to be far more than they seem.
The Reverend Blackstone: no real reverend at all, but an occultish Nazi spy determined to get his hands on the priceless Stamp, even if he has to raise hisself a demon to do so…
"I’m a fan of the odd, the different, the wacky and loved the style straight away. It’s like Alan Moore on speed with Tourette’s syndrome." - SF Crowsnest
"There's such a sense of fun at work in this book -- the playful asides, the jabs at certain other authors, the sheer whimsy of the wordplay-based worldbuilding and irascible attitude of the characters effectively leading a D-Day assault on Narnia." - Goodreads reviewer
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