Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham, UK, in 1961. He began writing at an early age. His first surviving story, a detective thriller called The Castle of Mystery, was written when he was eight. His first published novel was The Accidental Woman in 1987, but it was his fourth, What a Carve Up!, that established his reputation as one of England's finest comic novelists, winning the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1985 and being translated into many languages. Seven bestselling novels and many other awards have followed, including the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Like A Fiery Elephant, a biography of the experimental novelist, B. S. Johnson. Jonathan lives in London with his wife and two daughters. Chiara Coccorese, born in Naples, Italy, in 1982, is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and spirituality. Her works have been exhibited in numerous museums and art shows in Italy and abroad, among them: National Archaeological Museum; Museo della Permanente; Palazzo Ducale; Museo MADRE; Pristine Gallery; Galleria Dino Morra; FotoGrafia Festival; Galleria Paolo Erbetta; Art Raw gallery in New York; and many more.
"This modern fable has more than a touch of Lewis Carroll to it . .
. While targeted towards children, Coe's coming-of-age fairy tale
is a charming, relevant read that has much to offer all
generations." * Financial Times *
"A tiny, poignant crystalline fable . . . the ending is especially potent and engaging." * The Arts Desk *
"A beautiful fable . . . there is no way your chin won't wobble when you read the final page. This book is for all who dare to dream differently." * Emerald Street *
"Coe's fable will resonate with adults . . . but with its ingenious illustrations by Chiara Coccorese it's more likely to appeal to politically aware teens." -- Best New Fiction * Mail on Sunday *