outstanding piece of literature", The
Blink and the Forbidden Forest is a children's
novel set in Norway. It's called Samuel
Blink and the Forbidden Forest in the
US and Shadow Forest in the UK. There's
a website all about the book here.
It includes: the first
lists and profiles,
extracts, the artwork,
chapters, a reading
with myself, writing
advice and lots more. Do stop by
for a visit.
I suppose Samuel
Blink and the Forbidden Forest is similar
to my other books, in that it is about a family
crisis (in this case a brother and sister
coming to terms with the death of their parents)
only this one features trolls and murderous
pixies instead of ghosts and Labradors.
It was fun to write, especially the troll
family with only one eyeball between them
and the chapters with the religious rabbits.
Here's the back cover blurb:
Eda’s Rule #9:
NEVER—UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES—GO
INTO THE FOREST.
and Martha have just moved to Norway to live
with their Aunt Eda, and she’s taking
some getting used to. She has too many rules,
no TV, and insists that they eat local delicacies
like brown cheese and reindeer soup.
And then there’s the most peculiar thing
about her—her irrational fear of her
own backyard. Sure, Uncle Henrik hasn’t
been heard from since he disappeared into
it ten years ago, but that can’t be
the forest’s fault . . . can it?
Samuel is skeptical, until he disobeys Rule
#1—Never go up to the attic—and
finds an unusual book: The Creatures of Shadow
Forest, which gives scary descriptions of
the fantastic creatures supposedly living
in the forest. So when Sam starts seeing strange
things venture past the treeline after dark,
he can’t help wondering . . . could
Aunt Eda be right, and what really happened
to Uncle Henrik?
This highly inventive fantasy by Matt Haig,
“a rising young star in the literary
galaxy” (Yorkshire Post), is full of
amazing characters and unexpected twists that
will elicit both laughter and chills.
hardback is out now (Putnam, Penguin). If
you want to order it you can do so here
(Amazon) or here
(Barnes & Noble).There's also an audio
version available from Scholastic.
The book is available in Germany (Bertelsmann
- see here).
It will also be published in France (Bayard)
and Italy (De
Agostini), Holland (Clavis)
and Romania (Corint