Book Reading with Philip Reeve

A live event at Crediton Old Town Hall with Philip Reeve to celebrate the publication of his new book, Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep, an atmospheric dark tale of duty, legends, sea witches and love…

The Bookery patron, Philip Reeve, is the bestselling and prize-winning author of lots of brilliant children’s books including Mortal Engines, Goblins, and (with co-author Sarah McIntyre) The Legend of Kevin series.

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep is his first novel since 2019. ‘It’s the first time I’ve really written about magic except for comedy purposes,’ he says. ‘It’s also the smallest made-up world I’ve ever written about – having had a whole galaxy to play in with the Railhead trilogy, it seemed like a nice idea to restrict myself to one small island. There are shipwrecks, witches, wandering weed monsters, and plenty of cakes. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done.’

The story takes place in the early 1800s on the remote island of Wildsea. For centuries, the Dark family have acted as Watchers, keeping a look-out for mysterious islands which are believed to appear from time to time on the western sea, and guarding Wildsea against a terrible monster which is said to live on them. When the current Watcher mysteriously drowns, his young ward Utterly takes over his duties. Gradually, she starts to discover her strange connection with the forces which dwell in the deep ocean.

‘Absolutely extraordinary writing, like Charles Dickens writing Ursula K Le Guin… I can’t think of anyone who does worldbuilding the way Philip Reeve does.’ Ross Montgomery, author of The Midnight Guardians

Philip will talk about his new book and take questions from the audience.

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This event has been organised by The Bookery, 21 High Street, Crediton, EX17 3AH

Categories: Arts and Crafts, Guided Activities and Tours

Venue: The Old Town Hall

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