This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her grow and her city change, as bombs drop and war creeps in. Lanmo wonders, can having a friend possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.
The mercurial A.L. Kennedy weaves a sinuous fable about mortality from the margins of The Little Prince. The reptile that features in Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale here takes centre stage as Kennedy explores man’s inhumanity to man and the inevitable onrush of death, all elaborated with the author’s trademark linguistic brio and panache.