Larklight : Or the Revenge of the White Spiders! or to Saturn's Rings and Back!, Hardback

Larklight : Or the Revenge of the White Spiders! or to Saturn's Rings and Back! Hardback

Illustrated by David Wyatt

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father Revd Marmaduke Mumby in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the moon.

One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster.

Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of preparation ensues.

But it is the wrong sort of preparation, as they discover when their guest arrives, and a Dreadful and Terrifying (and marvellous) adventure begins.

It takes them to the furthest reaches of known space, where they must battle the evil First Ones in a desperate attempt to save each other - and the universe.

Recounted through the eyes of Art himself, Larklight will be sumptuously designed and illustrated throughout.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780747582403



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An enjoyable story in an attractive package. The 'Victorians in space' idea is nicely executed but, as with 'Mortal engines', I think Reeve doesn't quite achieve his potential. He crams a lot of events into the story, which may amuse younger readers but can leave you feeling a bit 'so what'.