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The Girl with Glass Feet - Ali Shaw

The Girl with Glass Feet - Ali Shaw

Title: The Girl with Glass Feet

Author:  Ali Shaw

ISBN:  9781843549185

Weight:  831g

Lined and dated signed first edition, first printing



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The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St Hauda’s Land.  Unusual winged creatures flit around icy bogland; albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods; jellyfish glow in the ocean’s depths… and Ida MacLaird is slowly turning into glass.

A mysterious and frightening metamorphosis has befallen Ida – she is slowly turning into glass, from the feet up.  She returns to St Hauda’s Land, where she believes the glass first took hold, in search of a cure.

Midas Crook is a young loner, who has lived on the islands his entire life.  When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defences.  As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, she gradually unpicks the knots of his heart, and they begin to fall in love…

What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast.  Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?

The Girl with Glass Feet is a dazzlingly imaginative and gripping first novel,
a love story to treasure.

Peer & Press Reviews

The cold northern islands of St. Hauda’s Land are home to strange creatures and intertwining human secrets in Shaw’s earnest, magic-tinged debut…  Both love story and dirge, Shaw’s novel flows gracefully and is wonderfully dreamlike, with the danger of the islands matched by the characters’ dark pasts.

Publishers Weekly

This lovely fable is a chain of linked mysteries with accelerating suspense that propels the reader deep into Shaw’s world of marvels.  That world is crafted with elegance and swept by passionate magic and the yearning for connection.  A rare pleasure.

Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

Shaw has worked the great tradition of European fairy tales and come up with an ingenious story…  A magical fable of fate and resignation.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Girl with Glass Feet
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features: Printed in Germany, this is a very eye-catching book as its pages have silver gilt edges.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Lined: “But Midas Crook did not read the newspaper, he only looked at the photographs.”
Dated: 18th Oct 2010 [date of Lancaster Litfest event signing]
Book Stats
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Awards and prizes:

Desmond Elliott Prize 2010 – winner

Crawford Award 2010 – shortlist

Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 – longlist

Costa First Novel Award 2009 – shortlist

Guardian First Book Award 2009 – longlist

Publication date:
Printed by: Bercker, Germany
ISBN 13: 9781843549185
ISBN 10: 1843549182
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 292
Size (h x w x d): 216 x 157 x 34mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: Rose Cooper

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