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Jamrach’s Menagerie

Jamrach’s Menagerie

I was born twice. First in a wooden room that jutted out over the black water of the Thames, and then again eight years later in the Highway, when the tiger took me in his mouth and everything truly began.’ 1857. Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London’s East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal.

Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach – explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world’s strangest creatures – the two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies, on an unusual commission for Mr Jamrach. His journey – if he survives it – will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits.

About the Author

Carol Birch

Carol Birch is the author of nine previous novels including ScapegallowsTurn Again Home, which was longlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, and Jamrach's Menagerie, which was shortlisted in the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

She has won the Geoffrey Faber Award and the David Higham Award.

She lives in Lancashire.