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The Unravelling by Polly Crosby

June 17, 2021

The captivating new novel from the author of The Illustrated Child

When Tartelin Brown accepts ajob as a PA to a reclusive lepidopterist, she finds herself on a wild island with a mysterious history.

Tartelin has been employed by Marianne Stourbridge to hunt for butterflies, but she quickly uncovers something far more intriguing. The island and Marianne share a remarkable past, and what happened all those years ago has left its scars.

The island has a strange effect on Tartelin, too, finally allowing her to confront her own, painful, memories. As she does, Marianne’s story begins to unravel around her, revealing an extraordinary tale of two girls, an obsession with pearls, and a truth beyond imagination.

Atmospheric and deeply emotional, The Unravelling is a captivating novel about the secrets we can only discover when we dare to look beneath the surface.

Published 6th January 2022 | Hardback | 9780008358457 | RRP £14.99

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