Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Betty Trask Prize, The Land of Decoration is blissfully inventive, brilliantly written, with a huge heart, and a tense, pulsing plot - it introduces a young heroine who will change the way you see the world.
Grace McCleen lives in London. The Land of Decoration is her first novel.
An extraordinary and peculiarly haunting novel -- Chris Cleave *
author of The Other Hand *
Extraordinary -- Emma Donoghue, author of Room
Enchanting and compellingly dark... This is an intensely personal story, but told with a lightness of touch and air of magic -- Nigella Lawson * Mail on Sunday Books of the Year *
A tremendously affecting novel, skillfully and arrestingly written, and one that packs a big emotional punch * Sunday Times *
Both sinister and sharply intriguing, with a completely convincing eleven-year-old narrator caught in fundamentalism, school persecution and the edge of the miraculous -- A.S. Byatt * Guardian, Books of the Year *