The Toymakers

Author(s): Robert Dinsdale

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Do you remember when you believed in magic?

An enchanting, magical novel set in a mysterious toyshop - perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Stephanie Garber's Caraval by way of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist

It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.

The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.

But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own...

An EBook Number 1 bestseller with over 100 5* reviews - readers are enchanted by this magic tale:

'If you only buy one book this year - buy this one'

'As if Terry Pratchett has come back to life Disney Toy Story style'

'Best book I've read for many years'

'A book to lose yourself in'

Enter a world as magical as The Night Circus...

In a toy emporium in London that opens with first frost each year, rocking horses canter down the aisles, fabric reindeer escape into the night and toy soldiers develop minds of their own...Into this world steps Cathy Wray, a pregnant young teenager on the run to protect a future for her and her baby. The Emporium is run by the mysterious Papa Jack and his two sons - Kaspar and Emil - who are constant rivals to create something more magical than the other. They are both captivated by Cathy and take her under their wing, until she becomes a very part of the Emporium herself. She learns its secrets, including the dark and harrowing past of Papa Jack. Years go by and the First World War wreaks irrevocable devastation on them all. This novel is so moving, it had me in turns enchanted, enraged, heartbroken, nostalgic, elated. Wonderfully written, it invites the reader to enjoy it with a mind wide open in childlike awe and the suspension of disbelief. Unforgettable. Jemma


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General Fields

  • : 9781785036354
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Del Rey
  • : 0.33
  • : July 2018
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.6'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Dinsdale
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 320