A young man journeys back in time - through reality, memory, and imagination - to understand his unusual past.

It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz. Apparently abandoned by their parents, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends. They all seem determined to protect and educate Rachel and Nathaniel (in rather unusual ways). But are they really what and who they claim to be?

The Man Booker Prize 2018
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Jonathan Cape
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Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje is the author of seven novels, a memoir, a non-fiction book on film and several books of poetry.
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