A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space

By Philip Reeve; David Wyatt (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599900209, 399pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2006


Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in a huge and rambling house called Larklight that just happens to be traveling through outer space. When a visitor called Mr. Webster arrives for a visit, it is far from an innocent social call. Before long Art and Myrtle are off on an adventure to the furthest reaches of space, where they will do battle with evil forces in order to save each other--and the universe. A fantastically original Victorian tale set in an outer space world that might have come from the imaginations of Jules Verne or L Frank Baum, but has a unique gravitational pull all its own

About the Author
PHILIP REEVE worked in a bookshop and produced and directed several theatre projects before embarking on a career as an illustrator and a writer. His first novel, "Mortal Engines", was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award and won the GOLD Nestle Smarties book prize. He lives in Devon, with his wife and their son.

David Wyatt is professor of English at the University of Maryland. His previous books include Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California and Out of the Sixties: Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation.

Praise For Larklight

"Reeve's humor is oh-so-British and utterly entertaining…and Wyatt's full-page pen-and-inks and spot illustrations enhance the sense of delight. The climax is an absolute hoot, and leaves the door wide open for any number of sequels."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review