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    • Publication date:07 Mar 2019

The Lost Magician

By Piers Torday

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'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.

'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.

1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army.

The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children's only hope is to find their creator - a magician who has been lost for centuries.

What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever ...

An ode to the world of Narnia, The Lost Magician is a classic in the making from one of the UK's most talented children's authors.

Praise for Piers Torday:
'the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure' - The Times

Biographical Notes

Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His most recent book for children, There May Be A Castle, was published in October 2016 to critical acclaim and was a Children's Book of the Year for The Times.

The son of the late Paul Torday (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) Piers recently completed his father's final unfinished novel, The Death of an Owl. He also adapted John Masefield's classic The Box of Delights for stage in 2017.

In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a reading helper with Beanstalk, a former judge on the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a Patron of Reading at Heathmere School and a trustee of the Pleasance Theatre.

Born in Northumberland, Piers now lives in London with his husband and their dog Huxley.

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  • ISBN: 9781784294526
  • Publication date: 06 Sep 2018
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Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year — The Bookseller
An entrancing story that champions imagination at a time when we most need it — Abi Elphinstone
You'll be on the edge of your seat ... an original, and imaginative war cry for the importance of reading and the magic of libraries — M.G. Leonard
Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!) — Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock
Gripping, original and memorable — Francesca Simon, on The Last Wild trilogy
Piers Torday...is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure. — The Times, on There May Be a Castle
Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today — The Guardian, on There May Be a Castle
An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message — The Financial Times on The Last Wild trilogy
A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster — New York Post, on The Last Wild trilogy
Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth — The Guardian on The Last Wild trilogy
This beautiful homage to Narnia sees renowned children's writer Torday explore what it is to be a reader and the power of books and libraries, as well as the imagination. Fantastical but with real heart, this immersive story is sure to become a firm favourite. — Book Trust
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