New Policeman by Kate Thompson
by Bodley Head Children’s Books,
Winner of The Guardian Children's Book Prize 2005
New Policeman is set in Kinvara, the home of the award-winning
author, Kate Thompson. The story features 15 year old JJ, as its
central character who visits the land of eternal youth, in search
of Time. With this gift he hopes to give his mother, Helen Liddy,
who constantly yearns for more time, the perfect birthday present.
Thompson successfully and credibly merges two very different
eras with JJ’s visit to Tír na nÓg. Beginning
with a rumour he hears in the school playground that his great-grandfather
was a murderer, JJ is led into a mythical and magical world.
accomplished fiddle player, JJ's knowledge of music helps him
to understand how time is escaping between the two
it also makes him feel quite comfortable conversing with Aengus
and his friends in Tír na nÓg. The fairy magic that JJ finds when he arrives in Tír na
nÓg lends itself to some philosophical discussion by the
author about time and the different effects of its passing on adults
Mystery, adventure, fantasy and music – Thompson’s
novel has them all.
Kate Thompson is three times winner of the Bisto Book of the
Year Award for her novels The Beguilers, The Alchemist’s
Apprentice, and Annan Water.
Other books by Kate Thompson include:
The Missing Link
Only Human and Origins
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