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In Darkling Wood

Emma Carroll

From the queen of historical fiction, In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll is a spine-tingling novel with a forthright, modern heroine – and more than a hint of mystery and magic.

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The end of the war . . .
Two hopeful sisters . . .
A magical wood . . .

‘You’re telling me there are fairies in this wood?’

When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

‘Absorbing, sensitive and genuinely magical.’Independent

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Absorbing, sensitive and genuinely magical in feel

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This book confirms her position as a leading children's author

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A tender tale of family ghosts and secrets

Financial Times
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Destined to be a modern classic in its own right.

Irish Examiner

Once told by poet Ted Hughes her writing was ‘dangerous’, it took Emma Carroll twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try. Nowadays, she’s a bestselling author and the ‘Queen of Historical Fiction’ (BookTrust). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous…

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