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Gareth Thompson -

Gareth Thompson  photo Gareth's three Young Adult novels for Random House - The Great Harlequin Grim, Sunshine to the Sunless and The Anarchist's Angel - have earned him critical acclaim and various award nominations. Each story is set in a different season, and all are based in Cumbria. His first illustrated book for younger readers, The Sea Swallow, was published by Foxtail in July 2011.

'Bringing together the romantic landscape of the poets, with the tensions of contemporary Cumbria' The Guardian

'A splendid writer' The Bookseller

'Gareth Thompson's fiction writing is arguably like no other Cumbrian. His work does not contemplate the smoochy beauty of the Lakes, he reflects on its darker and more dangerous qualities, with lots of love and laughs wedged in' Lakeland Echo

'Gareth tells it as he sees it, with his incisive, skilfully crafted books that tread the fine line between teenage and adult fiction' Adrian Mullen, Westmorland Gazette

The Great Harlequin Grim Sunshine to the Sunless The Anarchist's Angel
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The Sea Swallow

The Sea Swallow
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In the summer of 2010, I was commissioned to write a story based on real and imagined myths of the dramatic Lancashire coast. The result of this project is a 64-page illustrated work entitled The Sea Swallow. Elements of the story are to be sculpted and inscribed along the coast to form part of a 'mythic' trail for visitors to pursue. The first of these public artworks will be unveiled in September 2011.

'When Mary's father the fisherman is killed in a storm, Mary uncovers a terrible war between land and sea. To save her town from being swallowed by the waves, Mary must face the wild water that took her father and go on a journey like no other.'

The illustrations in The Sea Swallow are by Hannah Megee. To find out more about Hannah and her work, visit her website: Click on the images below to see the illustrations in greater detail.

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'Stunning visual and thought-provoking treat' Westmorland Gazette

'A moving and powerful fairytale for our times' Mansfield Chad

'Beautifully produced in traditional style, will undoubtedly delight any grown-up too' Cumbria Life

'A very special book... very impressive' School Librarian Journal

'Gareth Thompson's atmospheric and haunting story... Hannah Megee's beautiful and unusual illustrations'

The Sea Swallow Bedtime Rays steal shell The kiss Ogre rays whirlpool
Ogre hears story Great lost lake Mary dives to whirlpool Mary escapes New living room

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