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The Stone of Destiny By Paul Hess

The Stone of Destiny

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On his perilous journey on the Silk Road to Istanbul, a poor stonecutter carrying a precious stone resorts to storytelling in order to stay alive.

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The Stone of Destiny: Tales from Turkey by Paul Hess

For centuries, caravans of camels have travelled Turkey's Silk Roads piled high with exotic cargoes from India, Arabia and China. When a poor stonecutter called Salahaddin makes a miraculous find, he sets off on a perilous journey along the Silk Road to Istanbul and resorts to telling stories to stay alive. Brimming with scents, sounds and sinister merchants, this rich hoard of stories - including The Prince, the Nightingale and the Silent Princess, All for a Wrinkled Pomegranate, The Salt and The Golden Watermelons - is stylishly illustrated by Paul Hess and makes a sparkling introduction to a land still steeped in mystery.

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"Our story begins one evening in June, when the sun sat like a huge orange ball suspended above the dark sea, spreading its pinky-orange glow over the little town of Trabzon. It was late, and soon the whole town would be blanketed by the soft bluey-blackness of a summer night."
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About Paul Hess

ELSPETH TAVACI was born and brought up in Bradford, and took a Drama degree at the University of Wales. Moving to London, she worked backstage at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and then in advertising. Retraining as an English teacher, she took a job in Istanbul teaching English as a foreign language. She now works at Selt Publishing, where she writes English as a Foreign Language texts. She and her Turkish husband live in an apartment overlooking the Bosphorus and the old city . Paul Hess was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1961. He went to art college in Sydney and then worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for various companies both in Sydney and London from 1981 to 1991. He has worked as a freelance art director and illustrator since then. His books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Dragon of Krakow, Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe, The King with Horse's Ears and The King and the Seed. He lives in Northumberland.

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The Stone of Destiny: Tales from Turkey by Paul Hess
Paul Hess
Used - Very Good
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
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