It is the summer of 1912 in a fishing village on the Danish coast, where visitors while away the long, light-filled days.
For twelve-year-old Malte, it is a summer of freedom and discovery.
He roams the beaches and observes the complicated lives of the adults around him.
To escape their dramas, he retreats into a fantasy world of his own making, where ships sail to exotic lands.
But when one day he trips over a salt-eaten coffin, washed up on the shore, and finds inside the body of a dead sailor, the voice that whispers in Malte's ear starts to take on a life of its own.
It tells the secret story of the amber collector who made his fortune combing the beach for sea gold.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/03/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099284031