Death or Ice Cream by Gareth P. JonesLarkin Mills: The Birthplace of Death!
Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. Its a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death.
An extraordinary mystery in Larkin Mills is beginning to take shape. First we meet the apparently healthy Albert Dance, although hes always been called a sickly child, and hes been booked into Larkin Mills Hospital for Specially Ill Children. Then theres his neighbour Ivor, who observes strange goings-on, and begins his own investigations into why his uncle disappeared all those years ago. Next we meet Young Olive, who is given a battered accordion by her father, and unwittingly strikes a dreadful deal with an instrument repair man.
Make sure you keep an eye on Mr Morricone, the town ice-cream seller, who has queues snaking around the block for his legendary ice cream flavours Summer Fruits Suicide and The Christmas Massacre. And Mr Milkwell, the undertaker, who has some very dodgy secrets locked up in his hearse. Because if you can piece together what all these strange folks have to do with one another . . . well, youll have begun to unlock the dark secrets that keep the little world of Larkin Mills spinning . . .
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
"Ice Cream Dream" poem
This is one of those posts where I deviate slightly from my self imposed brief of 'magic fiction', but with, I think, very good cause. Gareth P Jones has developed his skill in writing for children which is to say, his skill in writing, period over a considerable range of books and series for younger children. In fact his amazing ability to adapt style and structure to different content is one of remarkable things about his authorship. Recently, he has written several books for older children age, give or take? These books are certainly not high fantasy, but nor are they anywhere close to reality as we know it. They are fantastical, in the literary sense, and also fantastic in the colloquial one. Most of these books of his have more of the supernatural than the magical.
Feast on this smorgasbord of poems about eating and cooking, exploring our relationships with food. He was a master stylist, employing an extraordinary vocabulary and a rigorous precision in crafting his poems. But he was also a philosopher of aesthetics, vigorously exploring the notion of poetry as the supreme Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give.
Larkin Mills: The Birthplace of Death! Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It's a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death. Tragically, after finishing this book, its author drowned in a vat of ice cream.