Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

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Selected by our November 2011 Guest Editor Steve Cole: "Written in the 1950s, it’s about a bored invalid girl who sketches a house with an antique pencil and finds herself caught there in her dreams with a boy called Mark. Mark is seriously ill in the real world, but begins to heal in the dream house – even as sinister forces gather around them… Crisply written, understated and eerie, I still absolutely love this book, and the way a dream world starts to feel more vivid and important than reality – to the detriment of our real-world selves – is more resonant in our modern age than ever."


Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

Confined to her bed with an illness, she finds a pencil in her great-grandmother's workbox, but the house she draws is as unsatisfying as always - like a shaky doll's house with grass as unlike anything growing as ever. But that night, she dreams and re-discovers her drawing in a completely new world. Returning to this world night after night, Marianne encounters a strange but familiar boy and the house takes on an increasingly ominous significance for both of them.

About the Author

Catherine Storr (1913-2001) was an English children's writer, best known for her novel Marianne Dreams and for the Clever Polly series. She was born in London, and attended St Paul's Girls' School, and went on to study English literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She tried unsuccessfully to become a novelist but without giving up this ambition she studied medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1944. She worked at the Middlesex Hospital. Afterwards, while regularly producing new children's books, she also worked as an editorial assistant for Penguin Books, from 1966 to the early seventies. She married in 1942 and had had three daughters. She divorced in 1970 and remarried the economist Lord Balogh (1905-1985).

You can read Julia Eccleshare's obituary to Catherine Storr here.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

5th October 2006




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