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The Book of Hidden Wonders

(2020)
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A charming, deeply imaginative debut novel about a young girl who is immortalized in her father’s illustrated books containing clues to their family secrets.

Romilly Kemp and her eccentric painter father have happy but sheltered lives in a ramshackle mansion in the English countryside. When her father finds fame with a series of children’s books starring Romilly as the main character, everything changes: exotic foods appear on the table, her father appears on TV and strangers appear at their door, convinced the books will lead them to a precious prize.

But as time passes, Romilly’s father becomes increasingly suspicious of the outside world until, before her eyes, he begins to disappear within himself. She returns to his illustrations, looking for a way to connect with her ailing father, and finds a series of clues he’s left just for her. This treasure hunt doesn’t lead her to gold or jewels, but something worth far more—a shocking secret that is crucial to understanding her family.

Written with tremendous heart and charisma, The Book of Hidden Wonders is an unforgettable story about growing up, facing mortality and discovering the hidden wonders that make us who we are.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I felt as if I lived inside The Book of Hidden Wonders while I was reading it. Polly Crosby makes sensory magic here, conjuring images of such vividness that I saw and tasted and smelled and heard and felt them for myself, and I’ll remember them always. I’ll remember Romilly and her father too: I loved them deeply, and they filled and broke my heart." - Clare Beams

"An extraordinary debut. Polly Crosby has created an expertly crafted jigsaw puzzle, 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

"A magical tale." - Anita Frank

"A future classic." - Veronica Henry

"Title notwithstanding, there’s nothing hidden about the many wonders of Polly Crosby’s magical debut. The troubled beauty of Romilly’s relationship to her father, and the wide-eyed wonder through which she sees the world, are just two reasons among a million that I’ve been shouting this novel’s praise to everyone I know. Yes, The Book of Hidden Wonders is a story about daughters and fathers, but it’s more than that: it’s a treatise on how to find hope in a universe rife with heartbreak and loss. May it light some of your darkest hours the way it has mine." - Andrew David MacDonald

"Exquisitely written, stunning, totally unique." - Jessica Ryn


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Hardback Editions

September 2020 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders: A Novel
Author(s): Polly Crosby
ISBN: 0-7783-1000-0 / 978-0-7783-1000-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Park Row
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : Canada Paperback

Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders: A Novel
Author(s): Polly Crosby
ISBN: 0-7783-8801-8 / 978-0-7783-8801-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Park Row
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September 2020 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders
Author(s): Polly Crosby
ISBN: 0-7783-1110-4 / 978-0-7783-1110-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Park Row
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Audio Editions

September 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders
Author(s): Polly Crosby
ISBN: 1-09-410461-2 / 978-1-09-410461-4
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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September 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders
Author(s): Polly Crosby
ISBN: 1-09-410462-0 / 978-1-09-410462-1
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September 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders: Library Edition
Author(s): Polly Crosby
ISBN: 1-09-410460-4 / 978-1-09-410460-7
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Author(s): Polly Crosby
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders
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August 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders
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Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Hidden Wonders: A Novel
Author(s): Polly Crosby
Publisher: Park Row
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