Here Lies Arthur

A dark new spin on an old story. Deception, secrets, lies: this is how legends are made. King Arthur is the greatest hero of all time, and Myrddin is his bard – a spinner of magical tales. But it’s a devious kind of magic that can turn a slave-girl into a goddess, and a raggle-taggle rascal into a warrior legend… Every so often, you come across a book that changes the way you think about your world. This is one of those rare books. A masterpiece about the stories made up by people who want to rule us. Set in the past, but utterly true to our times.

  • Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2008
  • A riveting tale of political manipulation
  • By the bestselling author of Mortal Engines
  • Explores the dark side of the power of stories

“A masterpiece.” Daily Telegraph

“A warning about the manipulative power of illusion.” Teenreads

Please note this book contains mature content more appropriate for older readers.

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    Philip Reeve

    Philip Reeve is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines books.


    Philip has won many major awards, including the Nestle Smarties and Blue Peter prizes for Mortal Engines, the Guardian prize for A Darkling Plain and the Carnegie medal for Here Lies Arthur.

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