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Magyk

Septimus Heap Book 1

by Angie Sage

Magyk by Angie Sage
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    Mar 2005, 576 pages
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    Mar 2006, 592 pages

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Sage says that all the locations in the book are inspired by areas around where she lives, and that the whole 'slightly off-the-wall felling of the place comes from living in Cornwall.'

About Cornwall: 
The Peninsula at the South-West tip of England is the former Celtic nation (and now county of) Cornwall.  

It's southerly location and the fact that it's on the path of the Gulf Stream gives it a mild climate which, combined with its endless beaches, makes it a favorite destination for British holiday makers (the resident population is about half a million, but around 4 million visit each year).

The last native Cornish speaker is believed to have died in 1891, but some of the language lives on in the dialect of local people. 
About Cornwall.
Dictionary of Cornish dialect.

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