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Being a True History of the Expedition That Discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and Its Tragic Aftermath


208 Pages, 10 x 11.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $44.95 (US $44.95) (CA $57.95)

Publication Date: November 2016

ISBN 9781877578946

Rights: US & CA

Otago University Press (Nov 2016)

Price: $44.95


'Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world to its roots if it ever got out …' So begins the delightfully dark Snark, a tumultous romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll and here brought to life through the vivid imaginings and fabulous art of award-winning author and illustrator David Elliot. What exactly did happen to the Snark expedition? Did his dagger-proof coat protect the Beaver from the Butcher? What befell the Boots in the Tulgey Wood? Who fell foul of the Jabberwock? The Bandersnatch? The Jubjub bird? And, finally, the big question: what precisely is a SNARK …?

Author Biography

David Elliot is an author and illustrator of children's books, based in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. He has won many awards for his work, including New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year in 2011 (with Margaret Mahy) for The Moon & Farmer McPhee. In 2011 David received the inaugural Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award, and in 2014 the Storylines Margaret Mahy Award. His latest book Snark was winner of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, and winner of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Russell Clark Award for Illustration.