by David Ireland
Viking, Penguin Books, 1987, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0670820741
Near Fine Condition, minor rubbing to edges and corners, small repair to top of dust jacket, minor edge and shelf wear
'Davis Blood is born on the wooden butcher's table at Bellbird Corner. A precious child, he asks questions and looks for answers to the mysteries of the world.
The redoubtable Aunt Mira tricks him with riddles and plays games of verbal illogic and paradox. She speaks of 'being hit over the head with blunt concepts.' of 'uninhabited behavious'. Aunt Ursula teaches him rhymes, dignity and a framework for his ideas. Although confined to a wheelchair she opens up many corners of the world for him. His father takes him to the church of the Dissenters, his mother sings her inner song, and all around him the natural landscape, the household dogs and cats provide him with raw material.'