White Star by Robin Llywelyn

White Star

Robin Llywelyn

Three memorably loquacious heroes pit their wits against an evil empire. The landscapes of this invented world are captivating – completely alien and yet hilariously familiar at the same time. The story is told with such pace and lightness of touch that I read the book in one sitting and was left wanting more. Definitely not just for fantasy fans – it’s poetic, funny and surprisingly moving.

Extract

‘And how does your husband like prison then? Better off there, by all accounts, than being with you, you dirty sow not even bothering to wash the sheets before eating them and I know all about your gorging yourself while I starved, you swollen suet pudding, to hell with you, spending all my few savings on your chapel hats and funeral handkerchiefs, you swollen stinkhorn stripping the trees of their leaves in winter and strutting around as if you were related to Snowdon, but you will be disappointed! I will silence you, oh yes I will, I will…’
‘Let me go you crazy madman,’ I shouted as he tried to strangle me, thinking that I was Mrs Tinker, come back to haunt him after he did her in one drunken night without telling anybody because he’d had enough. Pilgrim World knew the full story and he’d let slip enough of it talking in his sleep on the back of his mule in Bleak Winter.

Parallels
  • Aberystwyth mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce
  • Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Books with similar mood

Elliot Allagash

Simon Rich

Spurious

Lars Iyer

The Character of Rain

Amelie Nothomb

Roo Kickkick & the Big Bad Blimp

Ryan Gattis

Eggshells

Catriona Lally

Heart of Tango

Elia Barcelo

The Pages

Murray Bail

Aberystwyth mon Amour

Malcolm Pryce

Don't Try This at Home

Angela Readman

The Short Day Dying

Peter Hobbs

Fame

Daniel Kehlmann

I'll Sell You a Dog

Juan Pablo Villalobos

Sleight of Hand

Peter S Beagle

The Last Flight of the Flamingo

Mia Couto

The Descendants

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Lighthousekeeping

Jeanette Winterson

The Brilliant & Forever

Kevin MacNeil

My Family and Other Superheroes

Jonathan Edwards

Good Offices

Evelio Rosero

Strawberry and Chocolate

Senel Paz

What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Helen Oyeyemi

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Emma Hooper

The Winter Vault

Anne Michaels

Twisted Truths: Stories from the Irish

Brian Ó Conchubhair (ed)

Stories

Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (eds)

Sister Crazy

Emma Richler

Communion Town

Sam Thomson

The Invention of Everything Else

Samantha Hunt

Some New Ambush

Carys Davies

Heads We Win

Amy Gdala

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Mathias Malzieu

The Invention of Dr Cake

Andrew Motion

Ocean Sea

Alessandro Baricco

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Dave Eggers

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Denis Thériault

The Dream Maker

Mikka Haugaard

Jackstraws

Charles Simic

Crowe's Requiem

Mike McCormack

Amaryllis Night and Day

Russell Hoban

Crudo

Olivia Laing

White

Marie Darrieussecq

Mr Chartwell

Rebecca Hunt

Cain

Luke Kennard

Schooling

Heather McGowan

Little Siberia

Antti Tuomainen

The Manual of Detection

Jedediah Berry

Maynard & Jennica

Rudolph Delson

The Lazarus Project

Aleksander Hemon

The Outgoing Man

Glen Neath