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  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241485712
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99
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The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz




Hoban's first book for adults mixes playful fantasy with an insightful meditation on fathers and sons

'I have gone to look for a lion.' In a world where lions have become extinct, the map-maker Jachin-Boaz nevertheless abandons his wife and son to find one, leaving just this note. But his decision has unexpected consequences. He will be pursued by his son, Boaz-Jachin, and by something else: a tawny-skinned, amber-eyed beast from another place and time, a bringer of life and death.

  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241485712
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

About the author

Russell Hoban

Born in Pennsylvania in 1925 to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Russell Hoban's interest in writing started early, with his stories and poetry winning him prizes while still at school. During the war he served in the US Infantry. Following his discharge from the army he held a variety of jobs, including work as a freelance illustrator and a copy-writer. It was during this time that he started writing, taking it up as a full-time occupation in 1967. His first full-length novel, The Mouse and His Child was published in 1968, and is widely regarded as a children's classic. In addition to his acclaimed children's books, Hoban writes for adults. He has lived in London since 1969.

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Praise for The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz

Magic at work ... Funny as well as beautiful.

Irish Times

Amazingly, the mythology is sustained in totally modern terms, desolate, comic and urban.

Time Out

A piece of invention as original as any of Tolkien's or C.S. Lewis's.

New Statesman

Mr. Hoban is unclassifiable, thank goodness. His narrative is so minutely and compellingly realistic that after a time you cease to notice that he has stood reality on its head.

Sunday Times

Worth rejoicing in ... a banquet of whimsical delights. Each Russell Hoban book is surprising ... but you also know what you're getting, which is curiosity, wonder and a world-encompassing empathy.

John Self, The Guardian

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