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The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby

Publication Date 29.10.20

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.


Five Star Review


A compelling tale of loneliness, loss and neglect.


A dark magical fairy tale of slow abandonment. I felt very connected to Romilly and cared very much for both her and her father. This is an astonishing literary debut.


I wanted to rescue Romilly from all that surrounded her and worried about her present and future.

Beautiful prose with vivid sensory descriptions make this sad tale a joy to read and a

book that will haunt your thoughts long after the last page.




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