Shalott: Into the Unknown is Book 1 of the award-winning Shalott trilogy, first published in early 2000 and newly revised to introduce today’s teenagers to this timeless legend and the hauntingly beautiful poem, The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Five teenagers set out into the unknown to change the legend of Camelot, but they find they are rewriting their own lives and destiny as their true quest is revealed and they become caught up in the illicit love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere, the intrigues of the court, and deadly magic of the ambitious Morgan le Fay. Do they have enough courage to survive the dangers they face? And how can they find their way home when everything they know and believe is challenged?
The novels are set partly in Australia today, with a timeslip to the ‘otherworld’ of medieval Camelot, and our own world back in the time of the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda – but are the teenagers replaying the legend or creating it? What Callie finds in Camelot will break her heart, while her quest will change all of their lives forever.
Book 2 – Shalott: Dangerous Magic will be published in September 2021 and #3 Shalott: End Play in November. Novels available in print or as ebooks through all outlets including Amazon Australia: www.amazon.com.au/dp/B097KYVRLS; USA: www.amazon.com/dp/B097KYVRLS and UK: www.amazon.com.uk/dp/B097KYVRLS. More about Felicity and her novels on her website: www.felicitypulman.com.au.
Felicity Pulman’s fascination with mystery, history (Australian and medieval England), Arthurian legend and the natural world is at the heart of her children/YA and adult fiction. Her award-winning novels include the medieval crime series, the Janna Chronicles, the new re-release of the Shalott trilogy, A Ring Through Time and Ghost Boy, the basis of the special Ghost Boy tour at the Quarantine Station in Manly for schools studying the novel. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and is a May Gibbs Fellow. In 2015 she was awarded the inaugural SWW/Di Yerbury Writers Residency in the UK. She has many years talking to audiences of all ages about researching and writing her novels, and conducting creative writing workshops in a variety of genres. Contact Felicity through her website: www.felicitypulman.com.au.
Review: In this extraordinary trilogy Felicity Pulman shows both her understanding of the Arthurian legend, of the Shalott story, and a rich and imaginative capacity to expand and explore its deep meanings for today’s teenagers. This is an unsettling, unusual, intriguing and moving series, rich in character, action and mystery, full of the atmosphere of Arthurian legend, yet without falling into the trap of mere retelling. Sophie Masson.