In Darkling Wood


When circumstances force Alice to stay with her estranged grandmother Nell in the Somerset countryside, she is unprepared for the discoveries she will make. From the mystery surrounding her grandmother and father’s fractured relationship, her new rural setting, the warnings of her neighbour, Flo, the threatened Darkling Wood and the history of her new home- ¬†everything is ripe for Alice’s desperate revelation….

All the while, Alice waits and worries about her brother, just as another sister living at Darkling Wood, worried about her brother many years before.

Emma Carroll creates compelling, urgent stories that include confidently integrated historical events and considerations. Bookwagon loves her books and recommends them highly to all its readers. We suggest this one would fascinate any committed reader aged from 9 or 10 years old, to adult.


In Darkling Wood

Emma Carroll

(Faber & Faber)

Not long ago, I thought fairies didn’t exist…..

Alice is in limbo. Forced to stay with an unfamiliar grandmother in the Somerset countryside, she worries about her younger brother, while acclimatising to a new setting, the threatened, eerie Darkling Wood, the centre of a battle between her grandmother, the local people, the present, the past, reality and fairies…. Emma Carroll is a sure handed, compelling writer whose historical themes integrate certainly with contemporary concerns. We recommend ‘In Darkling Wood‘ highly, to committed, enquiring readers aged from 9 or 10 years old.


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