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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (Paperback)

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T.S. Spivet is a genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana. His father is a silent cowboy and his mother is a scientist who for the last twenty years has been looking for a mythical species of beetle. His brother has gone, his sister seems normal but might not be, and his dog - Verywell - is going mad. T.S. makes sense of it all by drawing beautiful, meticulous maps kept in innumerable colour-coded notebooks.He is brilliant, and the Smithsonian Institution agrees, though when they award him a major scientific prize they don't suspect for a moment that he is twelve years old.

So begins T.S.'s life-changing adventure, travelling two thousand miles across America to reach the awards dinner, the secret-society membership and the TV interviews that beckon. But is this what he wants? Do maps and lists explain the world? And why are adults so strange?

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 07/10/2010 ISBN-13: 9780099555193  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Reif Larsen is the author of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and has now been made into a film by Jean-Pierre Jeuent, the director of Amelie. He studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University. His essays and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Tin House, The Millions and The Believer. He lives in Scotland.

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You have never read a novel quite like this one. Inspired by his entomologist mother, 12 year-old Tecumseh Spivet is an obsessive cataloguer and mapmaker of prodigious and precocious ability. Recognition of his work leads to his being awarded a prestigious title by the Smithsonian, who are unaware of his youth, but he accepts the accolade and elects to travel alone hobo-style on trains to receive his prize. A beautiful book to treasure and to share, bubbling with ideas and with the most endearing child protagonist since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. - Carter.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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