In a not-so-distant future when lions are extinct Jachin-Boaz, a middle-aged mapmaker, leaves home with the wonderful map that was to tell his son where to find everything. In the ruins of a palace at Nineveh, his son Boaz-Jachin finds the wall-carving of a great lion dying on the spear of an ancient king. In a series of rituals, he evokes the long-dead lion and sends him out to stalk his father. Then he follows on the lion's track.
Russell Hoban is the author of many extraordinary novels including TURTLE DIARY, RIDDLEY WALKER, MR RINYO-CLACTION'S OFFER and most recently, ANGELICA'S GROTTO . He has also written some classic books for children including THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD and THE FRANCES books. He lives in London.