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In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle ARC REVIEW

By Pamelascott

In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle ARC REVIEWIn Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
Published by Tachyon Publications
Expected publication date 14 February 2017
176 pages
Review copy

Connect with the author Buy the book: UK Buy the book: USA I was given an ARC by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it. WHAT'S IT'S ABOUT

From the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn comes a new, exquisitely-told unicorn fable for the modern age.

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy's scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.

Lyrical, gripping, and wise, In Calabria confirms Peter S. Beagle's continuing legacy as one of fantasy's most legendary authors.


'THE WHOLE TROUBLE with your farm', Romano Muscari said 'is that it is too far uphill for the American suntanners, and too low for the German skiers. Location is everything'.


This is my first time reading the author.

I really enjoyed In Calabria. I've never read fantasy fiction before with unicorns in it, not that I remember anyway so the subject matter was a refreshing change. Claudio is like an Italian version of my favourite grumpy old man, Victor Meldrew from the TV series, One Foot In The Grave though he handles a unicorn giving birth on his land that old Meldrew would have. In Calabria is a quiet sort of story that gradually worked its way into my heart. The story really comes to live when word spreads about Claudio's mysterious visitor and people from all over the world come to gawk and try and get a glimpse of the unusual mother and her child. There were a few tense moments when Claudio's unassuming farm becomes the focus of a media circus. I thought the love story between him a much younger woman was very sweet. I loved the way In Calabria concludes. This is a lovely story and well worth a read.

Calabria Peter Beagle REVIEW
In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle ARC REVIEW

I'm thirty-five years old and live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner of ten years. I work in a support team for a call centre. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies. View all posts by pamelascott30

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