Beautifully illustrated by Thomas Docherty, The Snorgh and the Sailor is my first children’s book. It’s about a gloomy marsh-dwelling Snorgh, who one day finds his life turned around by a sailor, washed up in a storm.
The book was shortlisted for several awards, and has been translated into German, Finnish and Afrikaans, with rights also sold to China.
I’ve written about the Snorgh academically as well — the story has a kind of philosophical edge to it, and I see it was a kind of Levinasian tale. So I wrote a slightly tongue-in-cheek paper for Interdisciplinary Humanities about it, called ‘What the Snorgh Taught me About Emmanuel Levinas’ (it’s in the April 2012 issue).
The book continues to be used in schools across the country — and is popular in Germany — for all kinds of intriguing and fascinating educational purposes.