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A wild Island.
A truth buried deep in the past.
‘Like a surreal cabinet of curiosities – haunting, eerie, evocative’ Bridget Collins, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Binding
‘This moving tale is set in a mesmerising world’
‘Polly Crosby whips up a lush, mythical world in this dream-like novel . . . A book worm’s treat!’Eve Chase, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Glass House
Tartelin Brown is all alone in the world. So when she sees an advert for a job on a remote island, she knows she has nothing to lose.
Her employer, Marianne Stourbridge, is a woman as strange and mysterious as the place she inhabits.
Tasked with hunting butterflies for Marianne’s research, Tartelin quickly uncovers evidence of something even more intriguing – for Marianne has a remarkable past.
Determined to piece together the story, Tartelin must first confront her own. But what she discovers on the island is more terrible and heart-breaking than she could ever have imagined.
Atmospheric and deeply emotional, The Unravelling is the captivating novel from the author of The Illustrated Child.
Readers love The Unravelling…
‘I absolutely loved The Unravelling, and there is something really special about Crosby’s beautiful and immersive storytelling’
‘A beautiful haunting and uniquely captivating book’
‘If you enjoyed The Lost Apothecary or The Mermaid of Black Conch, then this is definitely for you’
‘A gorgeously written story, atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful. Captivating and totally immersive. It is one for those that like delving into mysteries of the past, to discover more about a family and to discover the secrets’
'Polly Crosby whips up a lush, mythical world . . . realised beautifully in vivid writing. A book worm's treat!' Eve Chase, author of The Glass House 'A beautifully written tale of butterflies, secrets and silk' Sonia Velton, author of Blackberry and Wild Rose 'Dreamy image after image, The Unravelling is like a series of beautiful paintings' Sara Sheridan, author of The Fair Botanists 'Utterly transporting. Polly Crosby plunges us into a hauntingly beautiful landscape with complex and compelling characters, luring us in with her original plot and her elegant prose. A wonderful read' Annabel Abbs, author of Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley 'Mysterious and suspenseful, The Unravelling is a story of visceral beauty and the transformations life undergoes to survive. Crosby writes with all the intricate and entrancing artistry of a butterfly's wings' A. J. Gnuse, author of The Girl in the Walls 'Polly Crosby is a skilled storyteller, drawing the reader in with a fascinating tale that spools out across two timelines, leading to a dramatic and satisfying finale. She brings the setting of the island to life with weird and wonderful detail that will keep you enthralled' Elizabeth Lee, author of Cunning Women
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