Spiralling after her Father’s death, Tegen finds herself trapped in Levant Mine. The dark space buries her, pushing her deeper into her despair. But there is light within the darkness, a chorus longing to lift her up. Can Tegen let the voices of the past guide her from the mine, or will her hardship silence their song forever?
Natasha Carthew tells a melodic tale combining poetry and prose to imagine a vivid underland of Cornwall’s rugged coast and deep mining history. Song for the Forgotten is a story of loss and fear, of the borders imposed on the working class and the strong women who rise up.
About the Author:
Natasha Carthew is an award winning country writer from Cornwall. She writes all her books outside, either in the fields and woodland that surround her home or in the cabin she built from scrap wood. She has written two books of poetry and four acclaimed novels published with Bloomsbury. Her first literary novel for adults, All Rivers Run Free, was published in hardback with Quercus in 2018. Carthew’s work goes deep beneath the core of what it is to live in rural UK today and explores social isolation, poverty, nature and environmental issues. Central to her work as a writer and performer is to talk about ‘re-wilding’ the novel, getting lost in nature and writing outdoors for inspiration and freedom.
‘A real thing of beauty. The innovative structure and striking illustrations combine to create a verbal and visual feast. The reader feels like they are down in the darkness of mine and eavesdropping on the past'
‘A beautiful piece of writing, such a testament to the generations of strong women who have inhabited this coast & told in a poetic Cornish accent so evocative of time & place’
‘Part atmospheric folk story, part lyrical poem, Natasha Carthew's gritty, cinematic writing draws on history and tales of female ingenuity to create a captivating adventure set against the backdrop of the Levant Tin Mine, Cornwall. Song for the Forgotten is a thought-provoking and uplifting read, enhanced with gorgeous illustrations which beautifully evoke Carthew's story and the Cornish landscape. Genre-defying and unforgettable’
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