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The Hatmakers – Out 18-02-21


The first adventure in a spellbinding new magical world. ‘Wildly inventive . .

. full of laugh-out-loud humour, enchanting magic and rebellious hope. I loved it’ Catherine Doyle Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat.

In Cordelia’s world, Making – crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients – is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain. When Cordelia’s father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface.

Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war. It’s up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . .

. ‘An utterly charming adventure full of wildness, wit, magic and heart’ Anna JamesFeaturing illustrations by Paola Escobar.


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  1. Joanne

    A wonderfully inventive and vivid book with a strong girl central character.
    The story carried me along and I didn’t want to stop reading, (I almost forgot to get off the train at my station) lots of action, plot twists and surprises.
    The thing I loved most about this book was the descriptive vocabulary- there are lots of details of textiles for example- and the magical realism ( the clothes the makers produce affect the wearer’s mood and actions) and the theatre references are very funny (Tamzin Merchant is an actor)
    It’s all here, a feud /a battle/ a quest /redemption – I’m looking forward to the next book already.
    Reminded me a little of Goth Girl by Chris Riddell, in the alternate reality of the Georgian era, and also of I Coriander by Sally Gardner, if you liked those you will like this.

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