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Gatty's Tale

Gatty's Tale [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Crossley-Holland
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Writing of this quality is made to last... a classic in the true sense of the word (THE BOOKSELLER)

The book captures a world very different from our own (DAILY EXPRESS)

Kevin Crossley-Holland has a real knack for telling a story well (BIRMINGHAM POST)

A gripping historical that is dramatic, touching, compelling and will pull at the heartstrings time and time again (MY CHILD)

With strong, believable characters, and a tremendous picture of medival life, this moving, hopeful story plays with language and offers a wonderful, satisfying ending (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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The magnificent picaresque story of a medieval pilgrimage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1842555707
  • Publisher: Orion Children's; New Ed edition (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into 25 languages, and has sold well over one million copies worldwide. He is a poet, historical novelist for children and authority on traditional tale who has presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. He is the President of the School Library Association, an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His memoir of childhood, The Hidden Roads, was published in 2009.

Bracelet of Bones, the first of his Viking Sagas, was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Scramasax, in 2012.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gatty's Tale 1 April 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I had read two of the Arthur trilogy and was about to buy the third. Although not part of the trilogy (obviously) it's about Gatty, who is a character in the three books, and Arthur's friend. The Arthur trilogy was a good read, and I was expecting Gatty's Tale to be of a similar standard - WRONG - it's so much better it's almost as if it's been written by someone else! It's a fabulous read, a really interesting and exciting story, and the kind of book you want to keep reading and not put down until you get to the end. I won't spoil the story for anyone who is trying to decide whether to buy the book or not, however if you are in any doubt BUY IT - you won't be disappointed.Gatty's Tale
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really Enjoyed It! 25 Jan 2009
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, so it may not be for everyone, but I loved it and couldn't put it down. We had to read it for English, and many people were groaning and grumbling about what a boring book it was, even though they hadn't even read the first page.

Gatty, a 'on the spur of the moment' girl has to leave her home of Caldicot, and travel to Wales where she and 8 other people go on a pilgrim to Jerusulem. That might not sound exciting but it is a really gripping and quite a tear jerking book that is descriptive, yet has a lot of adventure. It can be hard to understand what some of the words mean but after I had finished the book I came across a glossary of words at the back, explaining what all the words meant. It is a truly wonderful medieval tale, a tale that you won't want to finish.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful, tear-jerking book 23 Mar 2007
Incredible! Once more Kevin Crossly-Holland makes a superb creation! This book does not give you time to slump back in your seat, for once it's done with one tantalising moment it's on to another. Short, snappy sentences are perfect for this type of book. Again Holland is pure genius!

In the year 1203 we meet Gatty (servant to Sir John) who has a voice of an untrained angel. One day Sir John hears her singing in the field and contacts his good friend Lady Gwyneth who states that she is in need of a second chamber maid and Gatty's voice may be just the thing she needs; because Lady Gwyneth and some associates are going on a dangerous and daring pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the holy land, but who knows whether they will make it...

This is a story of plain field girl who faces thieves, murderous Saracens and ghastly men. But once she gets through all the tasks that await her there is a glorious prize to be had - that no one would ever have dreamt of!

It amazes me how much Kevin Crossly's writing can touch someone so much compared to his other creations.

Beautifully written, Gatty's Tale devours a medal for the tenderness but simplicity of story.

While reading you totally get to know Gatty and the rest of the characters and begin to feel their worries and woes.

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Beautiful.. 29 April 2008
I have read the Arthur trilogy, and while i don't think it's absolutely necessary to have read them before this book, you will most certainly get more from Gatty's Tale if you have. Even if it is just for the small references to The Seeing Stone or At the Crossing Places which brought a smile to my face remembering reading them.
Gatty is the most wonderful heroine, she's innocent but strong, she's ignorant but sharp and bright and really very funny. Not many books bring a tear to this English student's eyes, but Gatty's Tale brought on more than a few! The story is beautifully told, and the reader becomes so attached to Gatty and her fellow pilgrims as they trek to Jerusalem. I felt as if i'd been on the journey with them, and the simple sentances and imagery is magical and effective. By the end, i didn't want to say goodbye to Gatty and the loyal Snout, not to mention all the characters at Caldicot.
This is one of my favourite books, a beautiful and accurate portrayal of medieval life but to get the most out of it, read the Arthur trilogy first, which is just as good, for only then can you reminisce wistfully with Gatty about Arthur and Pip, which when read originally, you wouldn't expect to find that image where it would eventually stay for centuries and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I think it is better to have read the Arthur novels first, as it puts the adventure into context and makes the emotional impact so much greater and more satisfying.
The story involves peasant girl Gatty, orphaned and friendless, being taken on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On the way she gets educated, sees the good and bad in people, faces danger and abandonment but stays true to her Christian values and inevitably begins to grow in confidence and maturity into a woman.
Compared to the Arthur books, this one feels longer, as the long pilgrimage is covered in some detail. It never lingers too long, but you do get a good sense of the pace of the journey - some locations such as the towns are bustling and chaotic, whereas life on a ship is tedious and restricted. You can never be sure whether people are good or bad at first encounter, and events happen without warning which keeps you guessing the outcomes and makes any resolution uncertain.
The end is a long time coming and takes you on a roller coaster of emotion, with heartbreak and happiness, both regarding Arthur and Gatty's new found confidence. Maybe it is a bit more of a girly novel than the Arthur books, but it remains a realistic adventure that stays in your mind, and has an emotional depth that many other lack.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful, tear-jerking book.
A joyful, tear-jerking book.
Incredible! Once more Kevin Crossly-Holland makes a superb creation! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Chevening Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful and entertaining journey through medieval Europe
Shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal, "Gatty's Tale" is Kevin Crossley-Holland's follow-up to his highly successful Arthur trilogy. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by The Wanderer
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-enchants the Middle Ages
It's fashionable nowadays, in both children's and adult fiction, to present the Middle Ages as sordid, brutal and filthy, writing from a cynical viewpoint that has no sympathy with... Read more
Published on 18 May 2010 by R. A. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good for boys as previous 'Arthur' stories
I (as their mum) liked this story - and the narrator tells it beautifully - but my boys (aged 12 and 10) were definitely less impressed than they had been with the other Arthur... Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by Tessa Gunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
The year us 1209, none compainons set out from Wales on a great pilgrimage across Europe to Jerusalem.Not all of them will come home. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story!
This has to be one of my favorite books! A beautifully thought out and written story, great characters and description. Simple but also with deep undertones. Read more
Published on 15 April 2009 by Lucy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Paraphrased from the back blurb on the paperback:
'In the year 1203, nine companions set out from Wales on a great pilgrimage across Europe to Jerusalem. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2009 by Hamstead
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of cobblers !
My god this book is dull. Maybe I'm thick (I'm not) but I just don't get it - everyone raves at this book but is nobody going to state the bl**ding obvious ? Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2008 by Hair Bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
This is a terrible book and is not recomended for anyone, it was recomended for the carnegi award and I don't see why. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2008 by Odo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing! I loved the arthur trilogy and was eager for more so I was thrilled to find out about "Gatty's Tale". Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2008
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