The Lost Magician
Piers Torday, with art work by Ben Mantle
Barnfield Hall will be home to the four children while their parents find somewhere to live after the war. They are free to roam, though warned the top floor is out of bounds. Larry and Grey Bear are first to venture into this forbidden space. A small door appears, inviting them into Folio, a Library of Reads, Unreads and Never Reads. This is a world of possibility and impossibility created by ‘The Lost Magician’. What happens when these war-wearied children are catapulted into magical worlds at war with each other? When their individual inclinations and experiences lead them to make decisions that affect memories, thoughts, dreams and hopes?
Piers Torday, rather like (magician) Nicholas Crowne, has created something exceptional in this provocative, spellbinding book, the first of a series.
Nominated for the inaugural Biblio-Buzz Alexandra Palace book award.