|About the Book|
I wonder if larks get vertigo? said Eric, squinting up at the clear summer sky. His left foot struck a large stone in the middle of the path. Whats vertigo? asked Freda, trudging along by his side.Its a sort of dizziness you get when youMoreI wonder if larks get vertigo? said Eric, squinting up at the clear summer sky. His left foot struck a large stone in the middle of the path. Whats vertigo? asked Freda, trudging along by his side.Its a sort of dizziness you get when you think youre going to fall, said the Furrit, picking himself up, brushing the dust off his fur and wishing the trees and hedgerows would stop spinning around...And thats how it all begins. A literally incredible episode in the lives of Eric and Freda, two small, stout, self-important animals called Furrits. Rare to the point of being unique, they behave like recalcitrant ten-year-olds, convinced that theyre right and the rest of the world is out of step. Nevertheless Eric and Freda are tolerated - more or less - by the hedgehogs, moles, rabbits, foxes, stoats and hares who share their Woodland home- until one fateful day.Coming across a For Sale sign in a field, it dawns (slowly) on the Furrits that the Humans are planning to sell a piece of land. Always on the lookout for ways to make money, they decide that real estate could be the answer.Eric, we could do that.Do what? said Eric waking up with a start.Sell land, said Freda.We havent got any.Well strictly speaking, no we havent, but theres masses of it just lying around. Im sure no-one would miss the odd bit here and there.Hmm, said Eric. What about the holes?The holes to put the land in? We sell em those as well.Eric made an effort to understand. He failed. But Freda, theres nothing in a hole. If there was it wouldnt be a hole, would it?Exactly, said Freda happily. We sell something that isnt there, to put something that is there, but hasnt got anywhere to be put, in. See?Umm, said Eric.I think youll find Im right, said Freda.Escapist, absurd and feel good, The Nearly True Story of the Furrits is aimed at adults who havent completely forgotten what it was like to be nine or ten.