A picture paints a thousand lies...
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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 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 bewitching read' Woman & Home
'A celebration of the beauty and dark mystery of [Norfolk] ... Polly will need to brace herself for the attention and acclaim that comes with such a stunning novel' Norfolk Magazine
'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
'A beautifully written tale that evokes dreams and imagination' Daily Record
'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
'Weaves a magical spell in which dark-edged fantasy collides with everyday life' Publishers Weekly
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers