Natasha Farrant's Books to Sweep You AwayBy Faber Children's
Natasha Farrant, the Costa award-winning author of Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, shares her favourite escapist reads for children and adults.
Natasha's latest middle-grade adventure, The Rescue of Ravenwood is Bookshop.org's Children's Book of the Month for March 2023. This beautiful, soulful story is about holding onto what's precious, and guarding the extraordinary nature that surrounds us.
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Natasha Farrant£7.99 £7.59
'One of my very favourite authors.' Emma Carroll
Eva Ibbotson£7.99 £7.59
One of the most perfect children’s books ever written. When orphaned Maia is sent to live with mean-spirited relatives in the jungle outside Manaus, her life is changed forever thanks to a highly unusual governess, a travelling theatre troupe and a very mysterious boy.
Katya Balen and Angela Harding£7.99 £7.59
October lives off grid in the forest with her father, but the year she turns eleven everything changes. She rescues a baby owl, Dad falls out of a tree and the woman who is her mother comes back into her life… A wild, fierce hug of a book.
Lucy Strange£7.99 £7.59
Strange draws you into her books by what feels like magic. Six motherless girls working a farm, living in fear of their cruel father and the superstition that obsesses him – the Curse of Six Daughters. When the Full Moon Fayre arrives, a new chain of events is set in motion.
Hilary McKay£7.99 £7.59
An evocative and absorbing story of family and friendship in wartime. In all her books, McKay’s characters have a way of winding themselves around your heart (even those you don’t like).
Sarah Winman£8.99 £8.54
From London’s East End to sun-drenched Florence, World War 2 to the hippy revolution, a host of unforgettable characters (including an Amazonian parrot called Claude) sweep you up into a story as funny as it is bittersweet.
Amor Towles£9.99 £9.49
1950s America. A young man comes out of prison, set on driving to San Francisco to start a new life with his younger brother. Unfortunately, two fugitives are in the trunk of his car – bent on going the other way. An epic road trip ensues, with a whirl of unforgettable characters.
Daphne Du Maurier£9.99 £9.49
A masterclass of a thriller set in du Maurier’s wild, romantic Cornwall, that will keep you guessing to the very last line.
Leo Tolstoy£12.99 £12.34
A magic novel, this. I’ve read it three times and each time it’s been totally different. The first reading was about love. The second, war. The third, social reform. What stays true each time is the humanity of his characters. And nobody writes family like he did.