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Cooking With Bones

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781444738063

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 25th April 2013

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My sister is a formwanderer: she is a mirror of want.

Two sisters flee the city of Paradon for a village by the sea, where Old Kelp’s cottage – and her recipe book – await them.

Amber feels this is where she finally belongs, baking honey cakes each night for the villagers to collect in the morning.
Maya is a formwanderer, engineered to reflect the wants of others, but now Amber wants Maya to learn how to be herself.
Kip is a child growing up amongst the songs and stories of the village.
When an act of terrible violence stirs and sets free the secrets of a generation, only one of these three can reveal the truth…


Jess Richards's debut is a cornucopia of secrets and surprises, written in a bright, sassy style. The author is exuberantly inventive in creating a bitter-sweet world of magical transformations.
<i>Independent</i> on SNAKE ROPES
A terrific story, quirky and wildly original.
Joanne Harris on SNAKE ROPES
Richards handles her ambitions with aplomb. SNAKE ROPES is partly an extended meditation on trauma and healing, and the trauma is handled so well that the reader is exactly as upset as she needs to be to follow through...SNAKE ROPES reminds us that the act of storytelling is in itself a form of resolution.
<i>Guardian</i> on SNAKE ROPES
Richards skilfully alternates between Mary and Morgan and their stories, touching on themes such as the transmission of folk wisdom, the creation of myths and violence against women.
<i>Financial Times</i> on SNAKE ROPES
From the islanders' subtle Creole to their myths of sea and sky and earth, Jess Richards has nurtured a remarkable community, their home glimpsed in the sea-mist like a new Avalon. Angela Carter or Laura Esquivel would have been proud of this.
<i>We Love This Book</i> on SNAKE ROPES
A mystical book where a harsh self-sufficient lifestyle meets myths, legends and magic . . . an unusual, haunting debut novel.
thebookbag.co.uk on SNAKE ROPES