‘We caught our breath at our ability to do this thing, at the extraordinary lightness of our load. I closed my eyes for a moment. I imagined that this is a dream. I told myself that anything was possible in a dream.’

When Michael moves to an old house with an over-grown garden and a dilapidated garage, he makes a shocking a discovery. At first, he can’t believe his eyes, but soon his encounter with an incredible soul develops into a profound bond. With the help of his new neighbour, Mina, they join forces and a remarkable and moving adventure begins.

David Almond’s debut Skellig is an extraordinary, life-affirming story which will leave an indelible mark. A multi-award-winning tale, including Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s book of the Year Award, it was made into a play, an opera, and a film. Created to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, this special edition is sumptuous with a striking gold cover, gorgeous endpapers and incredible illustrations by Tom de Freston throughout. ‘The moonlight shone on our faces in turn. Each face spun from shadow to light, from shadow to light, from shadow to light’. The stark contrast of dark and light drawings from de Freston mirrors the story’s memorable and dramatic scenes. From fine, detailed thumbnail drawings to bold, striking charcoal double-page spreads, the book is beautifully illustrated.

Fans – and any first-time readers – are in for a treat!

Book Cover - Skellig
Publication Date
August 2023