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The Lost Magician

Written by Piers Torday

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

LoveReading View on The Lost Magician

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

In post war Britain, four children are sent to stay in an ancient house deep in the countryside. Beyond the library door they find a world of warring stories. Only they can save the worlds behind the door and by doing so, bring peace to their own world. Children will be intrigued by the skilful drawing together of well-loved stories to create something splendid.


The Lost Magician Synopsis

'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.

1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children's only hope is to find their creator - a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever ...

An ode to the world of Narnia, The Lost Magician is a classic in the making from one of the UK's most talented children's authors. 

The Lost Magician Press Reviews

Praise for Piers Torday:

'the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure' - The Times

A particularly good novel to give an eager reader is The Lost Magician by Piers Torday. (Hachette) Narnia gets a modern update in this thoughtful reworking of the classic. Four siblings are drawn into the mysterious kingdom of Folio, where its inhabitants are locked in perpetual war - Ham & High Newspaper

In recent years, Piers Torday has emerged as a major new voice; his 2018 offering, The Lost Magician (Hachette), rewrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a tale of war-weary siblings entering a parallel world. There's a conflagration raging there too, between fantastical storybook characters and the harbingers of cool, hard logic - a false binary that has to be resolved, if some truly annihilating forces are to be stopped. Cue the never reads - the ghoulish ranks of the badly informed, the unimaginative and the incurious. Remind anyone of any other worlds? - The Guardian

a lustrously lovely ode to libraries, to imagination, and to the magic of a wonderful story - I Newspaper

a wonderful tribute to Narnia, CS Lewis and the magic of books and reading - S Magazine

Piers Torday's The Lost Magician (Quer-cus, GBP12.99, 10+) is artistically daring, channelling The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in having four children survive the Blitz to step into an enchanted library where magical stories are at war. It is as much about storytelling as about creating an enjoyable story, yet such is Torday's talent that when Evie tells the robotic Jana that You don't know me... the real me, inside my head , you want to cheer. - The New Statesman

The first of a trilogy, this is masterly storytelling, both entertaining and profound. - The Sunday Times

It's 1945 and four children step through a magical door into the world of Folio - a nod to CS Lewis - where characters from stories are locked in a battle. Only the magician who created them can help. Piers Torday (The Last Wild, There May Be A Castle) has an unrelenting imagination, cleverly mixing nostalgia and modernity. After reading this you will never look at a bookmark in the same way. -- Alex O'Connell - The Times

A phenomenal adventure story - The Independent

This beautiful homage to Narnia sees renowned children's writer Torday explore what it is to be a reader and the power of books and libraries, as well as the imagination. Fantastical but with real heart, this immersive story is sure to become a firm favourite. - Book Trust

Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth - The Guardian on The Last Wild trilogy

A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster - New York Post, on The Last Wild trilogy

An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message - The Financial Times on The Last Wild trilogy

Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today - The Guardian, on There May Be a Castle

Piers the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure. - The Times, on There May Be a Castle

Gripping, original and memorable -- Francesca Simon, on The Last Wild trilogy Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!) -- Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock You'll be on the edge of your seat ... an original, and imaginative war cry for the importance of reading and the magic of libraries - M.G. Leonard

An entrancing story that champions imagination at a time when we most need it - Abi Elphinstone

Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781784294502
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784294502
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories

About Piers Torday

Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The third book in the trilogy, The Wild Beyond, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. His next book for children, There May Be a Castle, was published in October 2016. In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a ...

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