Nostradormouse by Chris Tinniswood

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A young dormouse awakens from a deep sleep and utters a mysterious prophecy. In the centre of The Great Woods, an ancient tree receives some strange visitors. Rumours abound. Change is in the air. This is the age of... NOSTRADORMOUSE. An enchanting mythical journey for readers aged eight and upwards, Nostradormouse takes an anthropomorphic odyssey round two very different creation myths, one Celtic, one Nordic. Entwining the two is the origin of a mouse who eats the ninth nut of knowledge and becomes imbued with prophetic powers. Joining him on his epic journey to the centre of The Great Woods are an assortment of creatures, all of whom play an important role in the end of eternity. And, waiting for him at the centre, is an ancient tree which hasn't seen life for longer than living memory. This is the beginning of the legend; the tale of Nostradormouse.

About Chris Tinniswood

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I was brought up in Devon and Somerset, counties in the West of England steeped in myth and magic. I have been writing fiction ever since I could hold a pen without throwing it across the room to see what noise it would make. Early fiction seemed to consist of Chapter One of a novel. These attempts were slightly hampered by unimaginative teachers who insisted that telling a murder story from the point of view of the dead man wasn't possible. 'Dead men can't talk', they'd say. 'Have you seen the Prime Minister lately?' I'd ask.Still, I carried on writing, and then defected to comic strips for a while. I lettered other people's work, and had a minor success with a monthly comic strip in a Naturist magazine, but it got too cold working in those conditions, so I moved back to fiction minus the pictures.My influences are not with particular authors, although I did try and be funny in a Douglas Adams-like way, which ended on a Thursday (I never could get the hang of Thursdays).Instead, I am influenced by subject matter and dreams. The effects of time travel interest me greatly, as do ancient myths. I rarely remember my dreams, though, so that influence is pretty much a dead end.As is this part of my biography.
Published September 28, 2009 by Histrionic Downs. 104 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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