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The Windvale Sprites

Mackenzie Crook

Mackenzie Crook’s The Windvale Sprites is a timeless, beautifully-written and illustrated novel, by the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Office actor.

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When a storm sweeps through the country, Asa wakes up the next day to find that his town is almost unrecognisable – trees have fallen down, roofs have collapsed and debris lies everywhere. But amongst the debris in his back garden Asa makes an astounding discovery – the body of a small winged creature. A creature that looks very like a fairy.

Do fairies really exist? Asa embarks on a mission to find out. A mission that leads him to the lost journals of local eccentric Benjamin Tooth who, two hundred years earlier, claimed to have discovered the existence of fairies. What Asa reads in those journals takes him on a secret trip to Windvale Moor, where he discovers much more than he’d hoped to . . .

Critic Reviews

'Enchanted by his delightful drawings.'

Dinah Hall, Sunday Telegraph
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[A] charming, finely produced little treasure, told with clarity, wit and lightness

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
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[A] little gem of vivid imagination, gentle humour and moral message ... An impressive debutwhich Crook has illustrated himself with atmospheric black and white drawings. Let's hope there's more to come.

Sally Morris, Daily Mail
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[A]n instant classic. Timeless in aspects, it's warm, brisk, no-nonsense and absolutely clear. It's funny without forcing out the jokes, involving while having a for-all-comers simplicity, and effective at everything it tries to do ... [A] quite beautiful book of charming lightheartedness, fine invention and warm, gripping drama.

The Bookbag

Mackenzie Crook, whose children’s books are published by Faber, is a hugely diverse actor who has played a wide variety of roles, from Ragetti in all three of the record-smashing, swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean films, to the wonderful character of Gareth in The Office and the critically acclaimed Konstantin in the Royal Court’s version of The Seagull. He has also appeared in a…

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