Gatty's Tale Mass Market Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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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)
The magnificent picaresque story of a medieval pilgrimage.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.
'In the year 1203, nine companions set out from Wales on a great pilgrimage across Europe to Jerusalem. Not all of them will come home. At the heart of this story is Gatty, the field-girl. Eager, bold and resolute, wide open to new experiences, she has an extraordinary journey of her own to make'
Gatty - short for Gertrude - is a character who features in Kevin Crossley Holland's Arthur trilogy, about a 12th century boy with a link to the Arthurian legends. I have read the first one - The Seeing Stone - and enjoyed it, but not the other two. This one is a spin off about one of the characters in the trilogy, but it does stand completely alone. Gatty is an ignorant, but not unintelligent peasant girl who is having to fend for herself because all of her close relations are dead. She is taken as a female companion by Lady Gwyneth, who wants to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Gatty, who has only been as far as the next village in her short life, suddenly finds herself crossing oceans and land masses in the company of Lady Gwyneth and other members of the community. There's Lady Gwyneth's spoiled, petty attendant, Nest. Snout, who has a cleft palate and hopes for a cure in Jerusalem, Nakin the wily merchant, and several others, each with their idiosyncrasies. The pilgrimage takes them over the Alps and to Venice and Cyprus and for some of them, the Holy Land. After that, there's the matter of the journey home....
This is the story of Gatty's journey, the physical, the emotional, the spiritual. From being a delightful but somewhat thoughtless and foolish adolescent, she learns wisdom and grace, but without ever losing the shining quality of innocence she has about her.
The novel is aimed at the Young Adult market.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the greatly descriptive writing and the historical setting.
Look forward to reading more of this authors books.
A joyful, tear-jerking book.
Incredible! Once more Kevin Crossly-Holland makes a superb creation! Read more
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. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by Mr. M. Jones
Shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal, "Gatty's Tale" is Kevin Crossley-Holland's follow-up to his highly successful Arthur trilogy. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2010 by The Wanderer
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 morePublished on 18 May 2010 by R. A. Williams
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 morePublished on 5 April 2010 by Tessa Gunn
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 morePublished on 3 Sept. 2009
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 morePublished on 15 April 2009 by Lucy
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 morePublished on 9 Nov. 2008 by Hair Bear