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The Book of Hidden Things

(2018)
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From "one of the most significant figures of the last generation of fantasy", comes Francesco Dimitri's debut novel in English, an enthralling and seductive fantasy following four old friends and the secrets they keep.

Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists that the agreement must remain unshakable and enduring. But this year, he never shows up.

A visit to his house increases the friends' worry; Art is farming marijuana. In Southern Italy doing that kind of thing can be very dangerous. They can't go to the Carabinieri so must make enquiries of their own. This is how they come across the rumours about Art; bizarre and unbelievable rumours that he miraculously cured the local mafia boss's daughter of terminal leukaemia. And among the chaos of his house, they find a document written by Art, The Book of Hidden Things, that promises to reveal dark secrets and wonders beyond anything previously known.

Francesco Dimitri's first novel written in English, following his career as one of the most significant fantasy writers in Italy, will entrance fans of Elena Ferrante, Neil Gaiman and Donna Tartt. Set in the beguiling and seductive landscape of Southern Italy, this story is about friendship and landscape, love and betrayal; above all it is about the nature of mystery itself.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"The Book of Hidden Things is both a mystery and a map. Follow the clues along the trail in Francesco Dimtri's dazzing debut and you'll be ushered into a hidden world of magic, not only within these pages, but also within your own life. Be prepared to be transformed." - Mark Chadbourn

"What a joy to have this in English. Francesco Dimitri's fantastic fantasy novel has everything I like. A sensation of damp shadows moving just out of sight, and a slow, joyful, and mysterious unravelling of events. I can't recommend it too highly." - Joe R Lansdale

"What a glorious read! This sun-drenched fantasy is a feast for the senses, reflecting on the value of friendship and what it means to finally grow up. If you loved the Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane, this book is for you." - Helen Marshall

"As soon as I read the first lines of The Book of Hidden Things, I felt at home. It is an immersive book, that draws you in and never lets you go. Gripping, ruthless in the way it describes the age of reason, dominated by a mysterious, magical Salento landscape very far from the chocolate box images we are used to. In a word, unmissable." - Licia Troisi

"The Book of Hidden Things shows us that memories are stories that refuse to belong only to the past. Such stories can create places that are both wonderful and dangerous; whether we believe in them or not is up to us." - Aliya Whiteley

"Francesco Dimitri's first novel in English is a wonder and a revelation. Hidden within this gripping, frightening story about an arcane manuscript is a deep, clear-eyed, and compassionate meditation on friendship as it evolves over time. The Book of Hidden Things is fantasy at it's best: using magical tropes to illuminate real life." - Terri Windling


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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Hidden Things
Author(s): Francesco Dimitri
ISBN: 1-78565-707-0 / 978-1-78565-707-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Hidden Things
Author(s): Francesco Dimitri
Publisher: Titan Books
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July 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Hidden Things
Author(s): Francesco Dimitri
Publisher: Titan Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU