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A Place of Stone and Darkness
A Place of Stone and Darkness

A Place of Stone and Darkness



416 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9780143773122

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited (May 2019)

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The amazing, mysterious realm of Striggworld can finally be revealed. When the human creatures appeared, they ravaged the forest and hunted many birds to extinction. The flightless Striggs only had one option;They went down, down under the ground ... And it's there, as you may have heard it whispered, that they still remain. Far below, in a place of stone and darkness ...Over thousands of year, they colonized a labyrinth of tunnels and caves, but even underground the Sriggs are not safe: chemicals now pollute their water and a deadly sickness threatens the flock.Even worse: an inquisitive young Strigg called Ellee Meddo discovers a human boy, trapped deep in the well. Humans are to be feared and saving him could mean travelling to the surface, a place of untold peril. What will Ellee decide to do?Are you brave enough to follow Ellee into the darkness?

Author Biography

Chris Mousdale was born in the summer of 1964, Liverpool, England. After leaving school he studied Art and Design at Liverpool Polytechnic and Painting at Canterbury College of Art, Kent. In London, during the 1980's, he sidestepped into the book trade, selling science and medical texts at H.K. Lewis and Co in Euston, then Art titles for Waterstones' Richmond Branch.On moving to New Zealand in 1990 he began working as a freelance illustrator and designer. His illustrations have been published in many New Zealand journals and magazines including the Listener, the New Zealand Herald, Metro Magazine and the Sunday Star-Times, as well as featuring on book covers for Random House and Penguin. In 2010 Chris was commissioned by Music Matters Ltd to create a series of LP sleeves for the American Jazz label Blue Note.Alongside, his freelance career he also taught and spent seventeen years as a University Lecturer. His paintings and constructions have been seen in a number of gallery exhibitions and he has curated shows of 1960s modernist Brazilian record covers and New Zealand Pop and Rock music graphics.In 2001 he was awarded the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award's top prize for his illustrations in Joy Cowley's Brodie.Chris lives in Auckland with his partner Jan. A Place of Stone and Darkness is his first novel.