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The Lifeboat that Saved the World

Irving Finkel

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The age-old tale of a man charged with saving the world from a life-destroying flood, based on an ancient Mesopotamian story recorded on cuneiform. For ages 9+

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One dark night, a boy named Very-quick
overhears a conversation between his father
and a mysterious voice:
‘Build a boat … and save life!’

With a thudding heart, Very-quick listens on
and discovers that the world will soon be destroyed
by a devastating flood. And it is up to his father
to come to the rescue…

From the best-selling author of The Ark Before Noah comes this ancient story of a man tasked with building a boat large enough to save all living things from a catastrophic flood.

The story was inscribed on clay tablets over four thousand years ago, long before it was written down in the Hebrew Bible as the story of Noah and the Ark. It is retold here from a young boy’s perspective by Irving Finkel, the curator in charge of the collection of cuneiform clay tablets held at the British Museum in London, and who vividly brings ancient Mesopotamia to life.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Edition Type: First edition

Size: 22.5 x 14.8 cm

Extent: 104 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500651223

Contents List

Background to the Story• 1. The Awful News • 2. The Gods Make a Decision • 3. To Build a Boat • 4. Family Conference • 5. Two of Every Kind • 6. Poor Atra-hasis • 7. The Waters Come • 8. The Boat Lands • Interlude • A Wanderer Comes • Following Atra-hasis’s Instructions

About the Author

Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum in London, where he is the curator of the collection of cuneiform clay tablets. He is the best-selling author of The Ark Before Noah, which documents the newly translated tablet of the Babylonian story of the flood which was recorded on clay tablets long before it was written down in the Hebrew Bible, proving it to be one of the world’s most ancient and lasting stories. It is that tablet that has given rise to the story in this book.

Dylan Giles is an illustrator and graphic designer. He has an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art and has designed projects for clients including the BBC, Cambridge Rivers Press and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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