The Illustrated Child (Hardback)
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The Illustrated Child (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 29/10/2020
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A picture paints a thousand lies...

'Evocative and enchanting - a future classic' Veronica Henry
'An extraordinary debut... beautiful, dark, haunting' Edward Carey
'A captivating coming-of-age story... dripping with atmosphere' Daily Mail
'A bewitching read' Woman & Home

Romilly lives in a ramshackle house with her eccentric artist father and her cat, Monty. She knows little about her past - but she knows that she is loved.

When her father finds fame with a series of children's books starring her as the main character, everything changes: exotic foods appear on the table, her father appears on TV, and strangers appear at their door, convinced the books contain a treasure hunt leading to a glittering prize.

But as time passes, Romilly's father becomes increasingly suspicious of everything around him, until, before her eyes, he begins to disappear altogether.

In her increasingly isolated world, Romilly turns to the secrets her father has hidden in his illustrated books, realising that there is something far darker and more devastating locked within the pages...

The truth.

The Illustrated Child is the unforgettable, beguiling debut from Polly Crosby.

Praise for The Illustrated Child:

'Evocative and enchanting - a future classic and a star in the making' Veronica Henry

'An extraordinary debut... beautiful, dark, haunting and unforgettable. I loved it' Edward Carey

'A captivating coming-of-age story with memorable characters beautifully brought to life in a setting dripping with atmosphere' Daily Mail

'Part fantasy, part coming of age, the undercurrents of child neglect and mental ill health pull at you all the way through this poignant tale' Heat

'A bewitching read' Woman & Home

'Written in fine, delicate prose, this treasure of a debut takes up the palette of emotions and paints with all the colours. Beautiful' Nydia Hetherington

'Exquisitely written, stunning, totally unique. Everyone needs to read this' Jessica Ryn

'A magical tale, beautifully written, evocative and mysterious, and stitched through with a dark thread that I wasn't expecting. What a wonderful book' Anita Frank

'A beautifully written tale that evokes dreams and imagination' Daily Record

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008358402
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 36 mm


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Praise for The Illustrated Child:

'Evocative and enchanting - a future classic and a star in the making' Veronica Henry, Sunday Times bestselling author

'An extraordinary debut... beautiful, dark, haunting and unforgettable. It is a most wonderfully tender nightmare, a haunted-house childhood where the landscape gets ever stranger, a deeply affecting portrait of the climb towards adulthood. Nostalgic, familiar and yet utterly strange. I loved it' Edward Carey, author of Little

'A captivating coming-of-age story with memorable characters beautifully brought to life in a setting dripping with atmosphere' Daily Mail

'Part fantasy, part coming of age, the undercurrents of child neglect and mental ill health pull at you all the way through this poignant tale' Heat

'A bewitching read' Woman & Home

'Written in fine, delicate prose, this treasure of a debut takes up the palette of emotions and paints with all the colours' Nydia Hetherington, author of A Girl Made of Air

'Exquisitely written, stunning, totally unique. Everyone needs to read this' Jessica Ryn, author of The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside

'A magical tale, beautifully written, evocative and mysterious, and stitched through with a dark thread that I wasn't expecting. What a wonderful book' Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones

'A beautifully written tale that evokes dreams and imagination' Daily Record

'A unique and bewitching treasure to read' Woman

'A promising debut novel ... full of atmospheric tension' Mail on Sunday

'[A] gem of a read' Good Housekeeping

'A celebration of the beauty and dark mystery of [Norfolk] ... a stunning novel' Norfolk Magazine

'Beautifully written... mesmerising' My Weekly

'Crosby weaves a magical spell in which dark-edged fantasy collides with everyday life' Publishers Weekly

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“A beautiful and emotional debut...”

This beautifully written debut novel tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl’s treasure hunt to find her family secrets of which are safely hidden in the pages of her dad’s exquisitely illustrated books.

Every... More

Hardback edition
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“Brilliant!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early special edition numbered review copy, it even has a bell on it's ribbon bookmark!
But aside from all that excitement it is an excellent novel that you will love on so... More

Hardback edition
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“Like a dream”

Thank you to HQ and Netgalley for the ARC of The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby.

This book follows the tale of a young girl growing into a teenager, her childhood haunted by a series of books her father wrote... More

Hardback edition
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