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A dark social-realist fairytale, spotlighting the shadowy underside of 1920s England
An orphan is travelling through the deep, dark woods and discovers that the monsters she encounters are as much tragic as wicked and that the handsome young prince may be ugly inside. The world around her is callous, unjust and horribly scarred by the past. But she brings compassion and even a glimmer of hope.
The Scarecrow and other characters appear almost familiar, bearing their names from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, yet here are the loved and the damaged, dark forests and darker histories, and the ever-present risks of discovery and violent retribution – Xan Brooks’ stunning debut is heartbreaking, disturbing and redemptive.