Do you remember when you believed in magic?
An enchanting, magical novel set in a mysterious toyshop - perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Stephanie Garber's Caraval by way of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist
It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.
The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.
But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own...
'engaging and enchanting ... a fairytale for adults, with all the wonder – and terror – that that entails...it is the sense of joy that lingers in this fine book.' The Observer
An EBook Number 1 bestseller with over 400 5* reviews - readers are enchanted by this magic tale:
'If you only buy one book this year - buy this one'
'As if Terry Pratchett has come back to life Disney Toy Story style'
'Best book I've read for many years'
'A book to lose yourself in'
"There is magic at the heart of The Toymakers, a glittery inventiveness that shimmers through the dark corners of a story about love, war and sibling rivalry...Robert Dinsdale's imagined toys are truly glorious...a gripping, moving story."
"truly magical ... Anyone who’s ever stepped inside a traditional toyshop and marvelled at the wonders on display will instantly be captivated by this book, which transports readers to The Emporium in London. Prepare to be charmed by this utterly enchanting tale."
"A magical World War I novel"
Robert Dinsdale, author of The Toymakers, on the instinct of kindness and the power of toys: 'What I had dismissed as tawdry and knock-off, [my daughter] understood was magic itself'