Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019
‘A gem of a book… and the ideal vehicle for Jackie Morris’s singular, absolute talent’ – Peter at Head Office
Step inside the pages of an enchanting children's classic.
Originally written by Barbara Newhall Follett in 1927, when she was only twelve years old, The House Without Windows is an enchanting fable about the rhapsodic beauty of the natural world, and one of our very favourite books of the year. A magical story of self-discovery and the lure of the great outdoors, Follett's masterpiece follows the free-spirited Eepersip in her quest to break away from the confinement of her family home and immerse herself in the wonders of nature.
A rare treat for young and old alike, The House Without Windows has now been republished in a stunning new edition illustrated by the award-winning artist behind The Lost Words, Jackie Morris. Redolent of classics such as The Secret Garden and The Little Prince, whilst casting its own, very singular spell over its readers, this ravishing tale carries haunting echoes of the author’s own enigmatic life, and mysterious disappearance in 1939 at the age of just 25.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 301 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 22 mm
'One of the strangest, most enchanting and mystifying stories I've read in recent years ... It's beautiful, bonkers and brimming with the abundance and richness of nature and a life lived with no boundaries. Also Jackie's intro and illustrations provide a depth and context that only lifts the book and its story higher.' - Rob Cowen
'Extraordinary. Deeply weird, beautiful & unsettling.' - Robert Macfarlane
'An enchanting book. These pages simply quiver with the beauty, happiness and vigour of forests, seas and mountains ... I can safely promise joy to any reader of it. Perfection' - Eleanor Farjeon
'Discover this extraordinary lost classic of nature writing - a fable about wildness and the desire to escape 'A beautiful classic, as miraculous and awe-inspiring as the nine-year-old author [and] Jackie Morris portrays the artistic elegance of the eastern ink with the wisdom of the West' - Xinran, author of The Good Women of China
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“A very elegant gift to treasure”
This book is a true proclamation to nature.
Fairy tale like, delicate and beautiful. Exquisitely enhanced by the breathtaking illustrations of Jackie Morris. A book without age limits.
“"Their colours spoke to her of dawn, gold sunset and white clouds, snowbanks fringed with icicles, night sky entwined with moon beams, black clouds and radiant sun, or orange, yellow and scarlet leaves - autumn leaves."”
"In November the first snow of the winter fell. The flakes came thick and fast, like white and silver butterflies dancing, flying."
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