Ice is a mesmerising adventure of a mythical world locked in snow and ice. It is a troubling vision of a future that has succumbed to a new ice age where some dare to dream of a new beginning. Ice is the first part of The Wintering, a major trilogy, to be published by Venture Press.



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Stephen Bowkett

Stephen Bowkett

Stephen Bowkett taught English for twenty years before becoming a full-time children’s author and hypnotherapist. He began writing from the very young age of thirteen, and has written across a multitude of genres ever since, including Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Adventure and Romance, along with short stories, poems and adult Horror. Ice, the first of three installment in The Wintering series, was initially published in 2001, and is to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. This novel tells the gripping tale of the lucky few thousand men and women who escaped the Ice Age and kept the human race alive under the watchful eye of ‘Little Sister’ – the AI designed to nurture the survivors and pass on the cultural heritage of man. Kell and Shamra discover Little Sister’s plans to prevent the survivors’ descendants from reclaiming Earth – follow their battle to overthrow the powerful AI and inherit their freedom. In recent years Bowkett has been extensively involved in writing and literacy projects for school children, as well as holding the position of editor of the Link magazine for The National Association of Writers’ Groups. He has also recently published educational books for teachers about creativity, thinking skills, emotional resourcefulness and spirituality.

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