Jeff Noon, Steve Beard


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Watkins Media Limited
13 February 2024
ISBN: 9781915202826
400 pages

From the publisher

For fans of Ben Aaronovitch and Justin Hopper comes the vast, original and inventive world of Gogmagog, the first book in the latest duology by highly celebrated and award winning authors Jeff Noon and Steve Beard. 

Gogmagog tells the story of an epic journey through the sixty-mile long ghost of a dragon.

Travel is by boat, a rickety steam launch captained by veteran taxi pilot Cady Meade, on the river Nysis. In her heyday Cady carried people and goods from the thriving seaports of the estuary into Ludwich, the capital city. Now she’s drunk, holed up in a rundown seaside resort, telling her bawdy tales for shots of rum. 

All that’s about to change, when two strangers seek her out, asking for transport, one of whom – a young girl – is very ill, and in great danger. The other, an artificial being of singular character, has secrets hidden inside his crystal skull. So begins the voyage of the Juniper.

The Nysis is unlike any other river. Mysteries unfold with each port of call. Not many can navigate these channels, not many know of its whirlpools and sandbanks, and of the ravenous creatures that lurk beneath the surface. 

Cady used to have the necessary knowledge, and the powers of spectral navigation. 

But her glory days are well behind her now. This might well be her final journey.