The Short Knife

By Elen Caldecott

A wonderfully unique story of family, identity and language, set as the Saxons invade Britain in the 5th Century.

Young Mai and her sister, Haf, are suspicious of the Saxon soldiers arriving in their village. Proved rightly so by a brutal attack on their family home, the sisters must seek a new place to belong, encountering betrayal, love, and everything in between in the process. A celebration of difference and finding your own way, when even speaking your mother tongue can be dangerous.

  • A stunningly poetic novel, which uses Welsh idioms and grammar to mimic indigenous British dialects, exploring and celebrating the evolution of language.
  • An exploration of Britain’s history as an island of immigrants, focusing on the first interactions between Romano-Britons and Anglo-Saxons.
  • Elen Caldecott’s debut novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

About the author

Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People. Before becoming a writer, she was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. Elen's debut novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant, was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize and longlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Award.

ISBN: 9781783449798
Imprint: Andersen Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 400pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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