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Summary

In the depths of winter in the land of Belarus, where ancient forests straddle modern country borders, an orphaned boy and his grandfather go to scatter his mother’s ashes in the woodlands. But the driving snow also hides a frozen history of long-buried secrets. And as man and boy travel deeper among the trees, grandfather’s tales begin to interweave with the shocking reality of his own past.

©2014 Robert Dinsdale (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Gingerbread is a novel of perfect balance… With each turn of the page the atmosphere intensifies…" (Ali Shaw, author of The Girl With Glass Feet)
"Matches the rigour of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road but as if the Brothers Grim had hijacked it… gripping" (James Long, author of Ferney)

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magic, dark and moving.

loved this book. the relationship between the boy and his papa was fantastic.
my heart nearly exploded a few times while listening to this.
would highly recommend this and will definitely read more of Dinsdales books.

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  • Rachel
  • Dromahair, Ireland
  • 19-08-18

The Wild versus the Domestic

A deeply beautiful story, perfectly told by the wonderful Jonathan Keeble. A boy is bereft and finds himself living in the woods with his grandpa. Through fairy tales and war stories we discover the papa's past and the power of the forest. And beneath the sadness and survival the ancient dilemma between the longing to be free and wild, and longing for safety and comfort, is played out as life in the forest becomes increasingly harsh, and human connection calls out to the boy. I found this an amazing and satisfying tale on all levels and it still haunts me - several weeks after I finished it.

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very disappointing story but well performed

The story was very disappointing. it started off with so much promise and the drifted into nothing.