A magnificent tale set in the 1680s of a young peasant boy from St. Helena who ends up playing a role in the history of science
Young Angus, an apprentice to the scientist Edmond Halley, grows up on the mystical island of St. Helena. When his family is in danger and the peace of the whole island is disturbed, Angus is sent to London to join his teacher. But who could have guessed that this peasant boy would go on to play a role in the history of science?
Olli Jalonen's novel was awarded with the Finlandia Prize 2018.
Rights & Brands Leenastiina Kakko
German (Mare Verlag)
“Finnish literature changes to world literature in the hands of Olli Jalonen.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper “Jalonen’s novels are like incantations. The reader remains under their spell for a long time afterwards.” – Pohjolan Sanomat newspaper
Olli Jalonen is one of Finland’s most respected authors. Since 1978, he has written over 15 works of fiction, non-fiction and a children’s fantasy novel. He has received several literary prizes, including the Finlandia Prize - twice. Jalonen has lived in Finland, Sweden and Ireland, working as a reporter, information officer and researcher. His extensive oeuvre also includes radio plays and scripts for screen and stage.