There was a book that was read to me when I was a child. Probably in the region of 20 years now, so please forgive the vague information.
All I can remember about it was that it was set in a world that was very heavily drought ridden. I think there were legends about a river, or a river mouth. As in a part of the world where there was still water. And I recall there being lion-people. The cover on my copy illustrated them as humans with lions heads.
I know that it was divided into chapters and I do not think that it was illustrated apart from the cover.
I have been trying to remember the title for many years now. Does anybody else recognise this story? Does anybody know the title.