Roberts’ adult debut achieves the perfect balance of sweet
and bitter. When the world is forced to
look to the riches of space for human survival, Agatha Whisper finds her family caught
between the traditions of rural life, and a technological advance that will
once again change the world — and her son — forever. Her family’s future is at
stake, but the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.
knows her young son is different. Wilfie struggles in class, yet his knowledge
of space is far beyond his years. But it goes deeper than that — and it is only
when the world is forced to look to the riches of space for human survival that
she realises how deep.
The world needs a
visionary who believes the skies above will be his one day. No one cares if
that visionary is a small boy.
She has thrived for years alone with her family in the moorland that she calls
home – finding
friends in the creatures and lessons in the natural world – and now faces losing everything when her son is swept up
in a dubious scheme hatched by a major corporation. Where Wilfie sees
adventure, Agatha sees only danger.
But will the
remoteness of the Whisper’s beloved moorland home, Grey Cottage, that binds her
family tightly together be enough to keep Wilfie safe? And will Agatha be able
to safeguard her own dark secrets while protecting her son?
Poetic, tender and full of hope, Precious Matter
is a heart-rending but ultimately uplifting story
that reveals how, even in our bleakest moments, our capacity for love endures.