On Fortune's Wheel
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This month we feature the cover of Chris Powling's latest title, Where the Quaggy Bends (see Authorgraph). The book is published in July by HarperCollins (0 00 185417 8, £7.99; 0 00 674087 1, £3.50 pbk) and we are grateful to them for their help in using this illustration.
This long, demanding novel is, in part, a sequel to Jackaroo. The plot twists and turns steadily through the gruelling, painful adventures of Orien, Lord of the Kingdom, accompanied by the impetuous Birle, innkeeper's daughter who, by fate, met him trying to steal a boat and stuck with him come what may. Seldom does fortune seem to be dealing them a good hand or working for their happiness, but ultimately they make the discovery that they themselves are the wheel and their's is the power to control its turnings. mpeccably written and well worth the effort for tenacious readers.