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A magical, charming and deeply moving fable about the journey we all take through life, about love and family, about war and resilience, about how we live in this world and how we leave it.  

'Some time ago, perhaps before you were even born, a young girl was walking in her garden. She may have been called Mary - that's what most of the stories say. Mary was a little bit taller than the other girls her age and had brownish crinkly hair. She was quite thin, because she didn't always have exactly enough to eat. She liked honey and whistling and the colour blue and finding out.'  

This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times; he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.

©2018 A. L. Kennedy (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A Wonderful Unique Fable

A Wonderful Unique Fable in the truest sense of the word. A timeless story reflecting back to us the human condition from a new perspective. It's simplicity is a gateway into it's depth and I loved the author's voice as she embodied these characters.

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So compelling

loved it , different and read so beautifully!! Started in am finished that day luv.

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Superb.

This does what stories must do. It opens your heart and fills it with questions the story refuses to answer but gently leads you towards.

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touching tale

a very enjoyable, short book beautifully read by the author. good life lessons to be learned.

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Delightful

An amazingly sweet story with wonderful insights into human nature told by a delightful narrator with a lovely lilting voice.

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Little snake

I loved this little story. It was quirky & strange & pulled me right inside it’s curious world. The author has a wonderful imagination. I recommend it to anyone who likes something different. 5 stars!

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For oldies who still believe in miricles!!!

A fun easy listen , to take you back to fairy tales. get it for a fun but a little grimm at times.

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A little bit of magic it inspired the imagination in a childlike way I loved this story

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Beautiful

Absolutely loved this little story. Reminiscent of a Neil Gaiman story. Somehow a big story and a little one at the same time. This will be one I listen to (and buy the physical version of) a lot in the coming years. Loved it

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  • 08-03-2021

Read it, Share it, You won't regret it

This is the most delightful, observant, and creative story it has been my pleasure to read in a long, long time. It will provide lovely hours of companionship and a respite from the world. It is especially intimate hearing the author's voice.

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  • 30-12-2018

Fantastic story

We loved it: myself and kids (6 and 8.) Hugely absorbing with great characters. Beautifully read by the author.

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