"A story full of surprises, magic and a delicately balanced internal logic" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)
"Kate Thompson's work always surprises with its inventiveness and sheer quality of her writing . . . At times dark, daring and subversive, at times sheer fun . . . This book breaks new ground and should become a classic" (Inis)
"A masterful fantasy of the old school: long on story, short on whizzy gimmicks . . . Beautifully told and the characters draw you in" (Carousel)
"A distinctive and beautifully written book . . . An enthralling tale, both whimsical and deep, told with a dry laconic wit" (Books for Keeps)
From the Inside Flap
There is never enough of it in Kinvara, or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter. When Helen Liddy is asked what she wants for her birthday, she says, 'Time. That's what I want. Time.'
For generations the Liddys have been musicians, and fifteen-year old JJ is continuing the tradition with his wonderful fiddle-playing. But one day in the school yard he discovers that music might not be the only thing that runs in his veins. Can it be true that his great-grandfather was a murderer?
When JJ sets out to buy his mother some time he discovers the answer as well as some truly remarkable things about music, myth and magic. And more.
Who knows where the time goes?
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From the Back Cover
Winner of both the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the 2005 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
There is never enough time in Kinvara. When Helen Liddy is asked what she wants for her birthday, she says, 'Time. That's what I want. Time.'
Fifteen year-old JJ is continuing the Liddy family tradition with his fiddle-playing. But one day he discovers that music might no tbe the only thing that runs in his veins. Can it be true that his great-grandfather was a murderer?
When JJ sets out to buy his mother some time he discovers the answer, as well as some truly remarkable things about music, myth and magic.
Who knows where the time goes?
'A beautifully original book' INDEPENDENT
'A story full of surprises, magic and a delicately balanced internal logic' JULIA ECCLESHARE, GUARDIAN
'There is something hallucinatory, if not delirious about this stylish, magical book' JAN MARK
About the Author
Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today. A born storyteller, her work is highly original and she is thought provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and there, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments.
Kate is the only author to win the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award four times - in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist's Apprentice, in 2004 for Annan Water and in 2006 for The New Policeman.
The New Policeman also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2005, the Whitbread Book Award Children's category 2005, the Children's Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards in March 2006 and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
In 2008 Kate was again shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Award for her book, The Last of the High Kings, a beautiful and haunting story that delves deep into the magic of Irish myth and folklore.