Tatterdemalion - 2021 paperback edition

Tatterdemalion - 2021 paperback edition

£7.50 GBP




NEW PAPERBACK EDITION FOR 2021!

The extraordinary post-apocalyptic novel written in response to Rima Staines' artwork, rooted deep in the folkloric traditions of Old Europe, and set in a wildly re-imagined Northern California.

‘Exquisite: Angela Carter gone feral with Ursula le Guin. It is like a folk tale, but seen in its tattered shreds, glimpsed, but then utterly realised in language. It makes me glow; it makes my fur rise.' - Jay Griffiths

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NEW PAPERBACK EDITION FOR 2021!

The extraordinary post-apocalyptic novel written in response to Rima Staines' artwork, rooted deep in the folkloric traditions of Old Europe, and set in a wildly re-imagined Northern California.

‘Exquisite: Angela Carter gone feral with Ursula le Guin. It is like a folk tale, but seen in its tattered shreds, glimpsed, but then utterly realised in language. It makes me glow; it makes my fur rise.' - Jay Griffiths

See DETAILS below for more information.

In a ruined world, what will survive are the stories we tell.

The year is 2315. Poppy, a young boy who speaks the language of wild things, travels east to the Sierra Nevada with the wheeled and elephantine beast Lyoobov. He's seeking answers to the mysteries of his birth, and the origins of the fallen world in which he lives.

Up in the glacial peaks, among a strange, mountainous people, a juniper tree takes Poppy deep into her roots and shows him the true stories of the people who made his world, people he thought were only myths. It is through this feral but redemptive folklore that Poppy begins to understand his own past and his place in the present.

Using words and paintings to evoke a world ravaged by greed and neglect, while offering powerful visions of a wilderness that constantly renews itself, Tatterdemalion is an urgent, beautiful fable for our times.

Note: this book is published by Unbound.


Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a writer and artist based in California. Her collection of stories, The Gray Fox Epistles, win the James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Gibson in 2014. Her other books include The Wild Folk — which was nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal — The Wild Folk Rising and Our Lady of The Dark Country.

Rima Staines was born in London in 1979 to a family of artists. Her book illustration work includes The Irresistible Fairytale: The cultural and social history of a Genre by Jack Zipes;  Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales by Sibelan Forrester et al.; Catherynne M. Valente's Ventriloquism, and Sometimes A Wild God by her partner Tom Hirons. Her paintings have been exhibited in the UK, France, the USA and New Zealand. Rima and Tom live with their two young sons in Devon, UK, where they run Hedgespoken — a small press and travelling storytelling theatre.

Read more about the birth of Tatterdemalion and extracts from the book here.

Paperback | 214 pages
Publication date: June 2021
Publisher: Unbound
ISBN13: 9781783529568