The Abominables longlisted for Guardian Children's Prize

Jun 12, 2012

Eva Ibbotson’s The Abominables has been longlisted for the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction prize.

Told with Ibbotson’s signature warmth and eccentricity, The Abominables was written by the much-loved author before her death and edited posthumously by Ibbotson’s son in conjunction with her long term editor, Marion Lloyd. It will be published in July this year.

When Lady Agatha Farlingham disappears from her father’s expedition to the Himalayas it is not hard to guess that she has been snatched by a yeti. And so it proves. But, despite their enormous size, shaggy fur, strangely shaped feet and ability to scare the daylights out of humans, yetis, far from being frightening, turn out to be gentle, well-mannered and full of the highest ideals. And Lady Agatha has a plan for them: to keep them safe she determines to transport them to her idyllic childhood home in England in a frozen-food lorry.

The Guardian Children’s Fiction prize will be judged by Tony Bradman, Cressida Cowell and Kevin Crossley-Holland, and announced in November this year. The longlist of eight authors includes Frank Cottrell Boyce, Roddy Doyle and Jack Gantos.