One mouse's fight to survive WWII in an incredible journey of bravery and friendship, beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher.
Raised in a creative hub on the Suffolk coast by an artist and a ballet dancer, Anna Fargher read English Literature at Goldsmiths before working in the British art world and opening her own gallery. The Umbrella Mouse is her first book, which she wrote on her iPhone notepad during her daily commute on the London Underground. She splits her time between London and Suffolk where she is often found exploring the coastline and marshlands under the huge East Anglian skies.
An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel.
*Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse*
A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope, where courage is found in the smallest of heroes
*Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk*
An exquisite children's book
*Telegraph, 50 best books of 2019*
Move over War Horse . . . [an] enchanting first novel . . . beautifully written
A stunning debut novel . . . Fargher's skill is to invest her hero with the complexity of a human being
Brims with courage, friendship and adventure
[A]n alternative narrative that is both immersive and engaging making this a potential modern day classic that KS2 children and older will truly enjoy
A beautifully imagined wartime adventure with the bravest of heroines.
*Claire Fayers, author of The Accidental Pirates*
The wartime background is vivid and completely convincing and Pip and her animal comrades are beguiling characters. Original adventure from an exciting new author
For older readers, the exquisite story of a mouse orphaned in the London blitz. Animals are easily sentimentalised in fiction, but Fargher invests her hero with the complexity of a human being, while minutely observing his rodent tics.
*Sunday Telegraph - Books of the Year*
The wartime background is vivid and completely convincing and Pip and her animal comrades are beguiling characters
The best animal adventures since Margery Sharpe's The Rescuers
*Amanda Craig, New Statesman*