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The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
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Author:  Grace McCleen

ISBN:  9780701186814

Weight:  990g

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first edition, first printing

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The Land of Decoration – Grace McCleen

Judith and her father don’t have much – their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she’s never known.  But Judith sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility.  Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land – little people made from pipe cleaners, a sliver of moon, luminous stars and a mirror sea – a world of wonder that Judith calls The Land of Decoration.  Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow indoors (using shaving foam and cotton wool and cellophane) there will be no school on Monday…

Sure enough, when Judith opens her curtains the next day, the world beyond her window has turned white.  She has performed her first miracle.  And that’s when her troubles begin.

With its intensely taut storytelling and gorgeous prose, The Land of Decoration is a heartbreaking story of good and evil, belief and doubt.  Its author, Grace McCleen, is a blazing new talent in contemporary literature.

Bibliographic Data
Title:The Land of Decoration
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition / First printing
Book features:Decorative burgundy stain to all three edges of the text block with burgundy illustrated endpapers and decorative headbands (top & bottom of spine).
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine - very light pushing to spine ends
Signed:Yes – to the title page
Dated:Yes – 8.3.12
Book Stats
Publisher:Vintage Publishing
Imprint:Chatto & Windus
Awards and prizes:Winner of the 2012 Desmond Elliott Prize
Shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 National Book Awards
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780701186814
ISBN 10:070118681X
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:289
H x W x D:242 x 160 x 28mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Tom York
Design:Suzanne Dean
Jacket illustrationEleni Kalorkoti / AgencyRush
Title lettering:Joel Holland

Collectors Notes

  • The Land of Decoration, Grace’s debut novel, won the 2012 Desmond Elliott Prize.  It’s also shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 National Book Awards.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Grace McCleen’s website.  This is a rich source of info on her life, books and future projects.

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