By Timothée de Fombelle

A gripping mystery-adventure set in the 1930s interwar period about a character desperately searching for his identity.

Raised by a strange nanny in Sicily, Vango grows up with one friend, a priest Zefiro, who lives in a monastery hidden from sight. On reaching adulthood, Vango decides to follow in Zefiro's steps, but at the moment he is taking his holy orders at Notre Dame in Paris, he is falsely accused of a crime and has to go on the run. This is a breathless and highly cinematic story that follows Vango travelling by Zeppelin across Europe from Stromboli to Nazi Germany, from Scotland to the Soviet Union, climbing the rooftops of Paris, crossing the paths of arms traffickers, crooked policemen, Russian spies and even Stalin.

  • Literary adventure on grand scale by an award-winning author.
  • A brilliantly researched novel. De Fombelle invites English readers to view a familiar period of history with fresh eyes.
  • Awards for Toby Alone: Prix Saint-Exupery 2006 (France), Prix Tam Tam 2006 (France), Prix Sorcieres 2007 (France), Grand Prix de l Imaginaire 2007 (France), Prix Andersen 2007 (Italy), Prix Versele 2008 (Belguim), Crayon d argent 2008 (The Netherlands), French IBBY List of Honour 2008, Winner of the Marsh Award for Children s Literature in Translation 2009.

About the author

Timothée de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright, as well as the author of Toby Alone (9781406313154), and Toby Alone and the Secrets of the Tree (9781406310146). Walker published Toby Alone in 2008, when the work had already been translated into twenty-two languages. Timothée lives in Paris.

About the illustrator

Sarah Ardizzone is one of the most sought-after translators working today. She has won several awards for her work, including the 2007 Scott-Moncrieff Prize for Just Like Tomorrow (Kif Kif Demain) by Faiza Guene and the 2005 Marsh Award for Eye of the Wolf (L'oeil du Loup) by Daniel Pennac, and the 2009 Marsh Award for the translataion of Toby Alone (Tobie Lolness) by Timothée de Fombelle. Sarah lives in London, SW2.

ISBN: 9781406354010
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Dimensions: 152 x 229mm, 432pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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