Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written novel, set in Vallerosa, a European country you've never heard of before. As part of Lizzie Holmesworth's Duke of Edinburgh gold programme, she visits Vallerosa, a secluded inland country, cut off from the rest of Europe except by a single railway track. Due to a simple misunderstanding she is mistaken for a member of the British royal family and, as a result, is allowed into the lives and hearts of the Vallerosan people. This young girl's interactions with its people begin to heal a dysfunctional nation, and bring great changes to many of the country's inhabitants - not least their ruler. Reminiscent of Italo Calvino and Jonas Jonasson's fantastical fables, and Wes Anderson's magical kingdoms, Seni Glaister's debut novel a tour de force of endless invention; a modern fairy tale, magical and real it is charming, provocative, amusing and wise, which will make you see the world as if freshly minted.
The Museum of Things Left Behind
HarperCollins Publishers Limited