Jamrach's Menagerie (Paperback)

By Carol Birch

Canongate Books, 9781847676573, 348pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011



Nineteenth-century London comes vividly alive in this story a street urchin named Jaffy Brown. After a close call with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals. As the years pass, Mr. Jamrach recruits Jaffy and another boy named Tim to capture a fabled dragon during the course of an epic three-year whaling expedition in the East Indies. But when a violent storm sinks the ship, Jaffy and Tim are forced to confront their relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains. "Jamrach's Menagerie" is a truly gripping novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.

About the Author

Carol Birch is the author of ten other novels. She has won the David Higham Prize for" Life in the Palace, " the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for "The Fog Line, " and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2003 for "Turn Again Home." "Jamrach's Menagerie "is her first full-length novel to be published in the United States.