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The Murderer's Ape


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 640 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 06/09/2018 ISBN: 9781782691754

The Murderer's Ape

Jakob Wegelius, trans by Peter Graves

Pushkin Children's Books

New paperback edition of this captivating mystery adventure story, with gorgeously detailed black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Sally Jones is not only a friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder.

For Sally Jones this is the start of a quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.

Selling points

  • An enchanting and richly detailed mystery story for children, introducing a loveable animal herione, Sally Jones: a very kind and very clever gorilla.
  • The hardback got a fantastic reception and was a book of the year in The Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Telegraph and on Booktrust.
  • Reminiscent of classic adventures by authors such as Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Winner of the August Prize and The Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and a bestseller in Sweden.


'I don't know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure. It's ingenious, it's moving, it's charming, it's beautiful, it's exciting, and most importantly the characters are people I feel I know like old friends. I thank Jakob Wegelius wholeheartedly for giving me several hours of joy' - Philip Pullman

'Sally Jones is now my favourite heroine in recent children's books. Move over King Kong, there's a new great ape in town. Charming, moving, and page-turning - what's not to like about this very original novel? You gor-really got to read this!' - Julia Golding, author of The Diamond of Drury Lane

'Does not disappoint... this extraordinary book acquires a passport full of stamps as it masterfully juggles skulduggery and malaria, accordian-making and aeronautics, fado and pastries, police corruption and at least two love stories... a rare treat; a book you want to thrust into the hands of children and adults alike' - Observer, Children's Books of the Year

'Evocative... original and old-fashioned in its storytelling... A story to lose yourself in' - Sunday Times Children's Books of the Year 

'Charming... I loved Sally Jones's old-wordliness and Jakob Wegelius's black-and-white illustrations. Move over, King Kong' - The Times Children's Books of the Year

'Sally Jones, the year's most charming heroine' - Telegraph, The Best 50 Books of 2017

'A captivating and unusual adventure story, brilliantly told from the point of view of Sally Jones' - Booktrust, Children's Books of the Year

'Fascinating' - Guardian

'It's all too rare that you come across a novel in which the heroine is an anthropoid ape... [The Murderer's Ape] fills that very gap... Evocatively illustrated' - Spectator


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