Meet Lilo – an inflatable, blue-and-red seaside accessory.
Being an inanimate object in a story grounded firmly in
reality, Lilo cannot talk, think or make decisions for himself;
so when he is blown from the hand of his first owner onto
the open sea, his fate (and survival) will be decided by
chance. Chance, ocean currents, and the actions – brutal or
tender – of the humans and animals whose paths he crosses.
As Lilo joins the huge fleet of flotsam travelling our globe, he
becomes the driving force in a narrative which extends
across hundreds of years, forwards and backwards in time.
Felix Hodcroft’s imaginative, lyrical first novel is written for
readers aged eleven to one-hundred-and-eleven; an epic
modern fable that provides a sweeping description of the
world (or worlds) in which we live, and proves that even a
lilo – even the dream, or the memory of a lilo – can have an
effect, significant or imperceptible, on the lives of all those it