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The Untameables

The Untameables

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‘Dark, witty, subversive & hopeful…stole my heart’ – Sophie Anderson, author of The Snow Girl

 

Under the bloody rule of King Arthur – as the cruel knights of the round table wage wars and hunt magical creatures – the ordinary people of Camelot are getting sick. Really sick. Something is poisoning the land. No one in Arthur’s court seems to care, but a spark of hope remains… The Holy Grail could save them all, and two children embark on a quest to find it.

 

Shy, gentle Roan, a young dog keeper who works for the knights, is desperate to find a cure for his mum. He befriends Elva, a generous and outspoken kitchenhand with her own reasons for seeking the elusive Grail. Together, can they beat the knights to find it? And will drinking from it save Roan’s mum?

 

Clare Pollard’s first book for children revisits Arthurian legends in a thrilling tale of adventure and mystery: The Untameables turns traditional folklore on its head and forces us to think about how legends are written and whose stories get told.

 

Illustrated by Reena Makwana.

 

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Page count: 160

Publication date: 21 March 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628268

Aimed at children aged 8+ to read alone – but packed with humour, suspense and food for thought for medieval adventurers of all ages!

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation and a pamphlet The Lives of the Female Poets, published by Bad Betty Press. Her poem 'Pollen' was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2022. She has been involved in numerous translation projects, including translating Ovid’s Heroines, which she toured as a one-woman show. Clare has also written a play, The Weather, that premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and a non-fiction title, Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books. Her debut adult novel Delphi was published in 2022. The Untameables is her first book for children.

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Under the bloody rule of King Arthur – as the cruel knights of the round table wage wars and hunt magical creatures – the ordinary people of Camelot are getting sick. Really sick. Something is poisoning the land. No one in Arthur’s court seems to care, but a spark of hope remains… The Holy Grail could save them all, and two children embark on a quest to find it.

Shy, gentle Roan, a young dog keeper who works for the knights, is desperate to find a cure for his mum. He befriends Elva, a generous and outspoken kitchenhand with her own reasons for seeking the elusive Grail. Together, can they beat the knights to find it? And will drinking from it save Roan’s mum?

Beautifully illustrated by Reena Makwana.

Praise for The Untameables

“Funny, thought-provoking and intensely satisfying” – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

 

“Folklore has been a frequent theme in Pollard’s poetry, and she writes with the precision of someone thoroughly at home in her milieu… The plot moves briskly, and the engaging, chatty prose will find much appeal with younger readers. As for older ones Pollard takes us back to the tales of our childhood and – as with Little Grey Rabbit makes us think it all out again.” – Emily Bearn, **** review in The Telegraph 

 

“A dark, witty, subversive & hopeful tale of challenging violence and oppression, that champions kindness over cruelty, with some wonderful young (unlikely) heroes who stole my heart.” – Sophie Anderson, author of The Snow Girl

 

“The writing style is sharp and accessible, often feeling like an oral storytelling session, as befits the author’s experience as a poet. Roan’s vulnerability and Elva’s strength nicely flip the traditional gender roles that are often found in historical fiction, giving young readers a pair of well-rounded and identifiable protagonists to root for […]. A charming tale of friendship and bravery that will appeal to fans of Kate DiCamillo and Eva Ibbotson.” – Melanie Dillon, School Reading List

 

Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation and a pamphlet The Lives of the Female Poets, published by Bad Betty Press. Her poem ‘Pollen’ was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2022. She has been involved in numerous translation projects, including translating Ovid’s Heroines, which she toured as a one-woman show. Clare has also written a play, The Weather, that premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and a non-fiction title, Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books. Her latest book is the adult novel Delphi.

Reena Makwana is a London-based illustrator who creates illustrations using drawings, embroidery and print. Her work is influenced by the city, characters, creatures, social past and present. She has produced work for clients including Vittles, Pit Magazine, Endeavour Agency, Lecker, Big Family Press, OOMK and At The Table.

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Dimensions 198 × 129 × 12 cm
Format

Paperback, eBook

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