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Publisher's Summary

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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Charming and whimsical - love it!

OK, a 63 year old man is writing this, long past the epoch of reading fairytales to his daughter. Still, I downloaded this book on recommendation of (can't remember who).
And what a magical surprise I received!
It's a wonder-filled story about a wise little girl who meets and befriends a magical snake, who over time bestows gifts & insights on her, as he unwittingly draws some from her. They both grow and become more enlightened in the ways of each others' worlds.
She learns about the world at large and its ways (even though she already has sparkling natural hunches) and he gains insights into the feelings of man, their 'humanity', which magical snakes lack.
We then go on a journey and meet outstanding characters, each as nasty or as loving as is possible to be. And Kennedy's voice brilliantly brings those to life.
I so wish my daughter and step-kids were young so I could read this to them over a few nights. They'd be enchanted, as I was and remain.
I listened to this book while hiking in the Australian bush and felt like I floated the whole time, such was the wonder and happiness this brought me.
I think you'll also enjoy it.

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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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delightful

I thoroughly enjoyed this light, delightful story. If only everyone had a little golden snake!

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An adorable fable

This is adorable! Such a delightful fable about kindness, greed and the age old tale of migration that both feels perfect for our times yet is reminiscent of childhood stories. It's timeless and moving like a big comforting hug.

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Enchanting

A delightful, captivating story of whimsy, love and death. This story had me hooked from the start. Even if you have read a thousand fairytales or bedtime stories, this one is something special.

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So compelling

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

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Quite a dark and moody story but also strange and uplifting. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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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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  • 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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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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