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by: Caroline Hardaker


Mothtown is weird, horrifying and latches hold of you. Sometimes it grows from within you.

File Under: Fantasy


David is growing up in a world where something is very badly wrong but everyone is protecting David from knowing what it is. People are going missing, bodies are showing up with wings, or bones in nests if you believe the rumours from the kids at school. David doesn’t really know because his parents turn off the news whenever he might get a handle on what is happening around him and his older sister just doesn’t seem interested in sharing.
Most importantly for David the centre of his world – his grandfather – is gone. His parents say he is dead but why is his grandfather’s backpack and jumper missing from the house? Alongside this we have a man abandoned in a hostile landscape and trying out run nature itself to get back home with some information.

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Caroline Hardaker is a poet and novelist from the northeast of England. She has published two collections of poetry, and her work has appeared worldwide in print and on BBC radio.  She is Writer in Residence for Newcastle Puppetry Festival and is currently collaborating with the Royal Northern College of Music to produce a cycle of songs to be performed throughout the year. She lives and writes in Newcastle.


“Deliciously creepy!”
– Chris Riddell, triple Award-winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

“Highly recommended.”
– Booklist, Starred Review

“as thought-provoking as it is chilling.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Hardaker’s prose is pensive, melancholic and lyrical.”
The Fantasy Hive

“an exceptional debut novel.”

“The writing is wistful and works in such a way you don’t realise how wonderfully strange the book is until you are enfolded in it.”
RJ Barker, author of The Bone Ships

“an unapologetic, intimate tale of our shared human fragility, and the deceptions we employ to keep from breaking.”
Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist

“Creepy and enthralling, Hardaker’s superbly written debut will drip feed you dread from beginning to end.”
– Dan Hanks, author of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire