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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752875132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752875132
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Teenage girls (and younger) will enjoy GATTY'S TALE by Kevin Crossley-Holland as Gatty, a character from Crossley-Holland's brilliant Arthur trilogy, sets off on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with her new mistress and seven other companions¿.The language is gorgeous, the sweep of the story magnificent and the reader, Claudia Renton, is a talent, giving a different voice to a large number of characters - and her singing is a joy! (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

an adventure fraught with perils and a rich character portrait in the Chaucerian tradition. Claudia Renton shares with Gatty "the voice of an angel" and, having trained as a singer, understands how the author, a poet and librettist himself, aims to fit the sound of his words to the emotion of a scene. (Carole Mansur DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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The magnificent picaresque story of a medieval pilgrimage. Abridged edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 25 Jan. 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Preece on 29 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chevening pupils on 23 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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!

Robyn
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Stallworthy on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 3 Sept. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
At the heart of this enthralling story, with its highs and lows and knuckle biting dramas, is Gatty, a field girl, beloved already by readers of the Arthur trilogy. Eager, bold and resolute, wide open to new experiences, she has an extrodinary journey of her own to make.

This book was rather slow, not unenjoyable, but slow. For me anyway, I just got distracted unless the room was empty and silent, maybe it is just my distraction problems. It was nicely written and Gatty had nerve, the charecters were nicely written, even is one or two came to sticky ends. My only problems are the age group its aimed for, it is supposed to be for tweens, but for some of the younger tweens it may be slightly old for them. Then again maybe Im just paranoid?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Jones on 14 Dec. 2010
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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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