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The Book of Hidden Wonders


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2020's most haunting and magical literary fiction debut novel about a young woman's search for the truth

About the Author

Polly Crosby lives in Norfolk with her husband and son, and her very loud and much-loved Oriental rescue cat, Dali. To find out more about Polly's writing, please visit Polly can also be found on Twitter as @WriterPolly.


Praise for The Book of Hidden Wonders:

'Evocative and enchanting - a future classic and a star in the making' Veronica Henry, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Beach Hut

'An extraordinary debut... beautiful, dark, haunting and unforgettable. It is a most wonderfully tender nightmare, a haunted-house childhood where the landscape gets ever stranger, a deeply affecting portrait of the climb towards adulthood. Nostalgic, familiar and yet utterly strange. I loved it' Edward Carey, author of Little

'A captivating coming-of-age story with memorable characters beautifully brought to life in a setting dripping with atmosphere' Daily Mail

'Beautifully written... mesmerising' My Weekly

'A bewitching read' Woman & Home

'A celebration of the beauty and dark mystery of [Norfolk] ... Polly will need to brace herself for the attention and acclaim that comes with such a stunning novel' Norfolk Magazine

'Written in fine, delicate prose, this treasure of a debut takes up the palette of emotions and paints with all the colours' Nydia Hetherington, author of A Girl Made of Air

'A beautifully written tale that evokes dreams and imagination' Daily Record

'Exquisitely written, stunning, totally unique. Everyone needs to read this' Jessica Ryn, author of The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside

'A magical tale, beautifully written, evocative and mysterious, and stitched through with a dark thread that I wasn't expecting. What a wonderful book' Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones

'Crosby weaves a magical spell in which dark-edged fantasy collides with everyday life' Publishers Weekly

'Polly Crosby makes sensory magic, conjuring images of such vividness that I'll remember them always. I'll remember Romilly and her father too: I loved them deeply' Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson

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