The Land of Decoration

by Grace McCleen

Debut Books of the Month Family Drama

The Land of Decoration Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' 2012.

One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections.

My name is Judith McPherson. I am ten years old. On Monday a miracle happened. Judith doesn't have much. The house she shares with her devoutly religious father is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother Judith never knew. Bullied at school, she finds comfort in creating a miniature world in her bedroom - a world of wonder she calls The Land of Decoration. Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow in The Land of Decoration there will be no school on Monday. Sure enough, when Judith opens her curtains the next day, the world beyond her window has turned white. And that's when her troubles begin.

The Land of Decoration Press Reviews

'An extraordinary and peculiarly haunting novel' -- Chris Cleave, Financial Times


'A tremendously affecting novel, skillfully and arrestingly written, and one that packs a big emotional punch' Sunday Times


'Bursting with tension and tenderness, this novel is a small miracle in itself' -- Helen Brown, Daily Mail


'Grace McCleen's writing is deep, fantastical and powerful... She has been able to observe a fascinating world with generosity, wonder and spirit. A wonderful gem of a debut' -- Viv Groskop, Independent on Sunday


'Affecting and brilliantly written.a truly awe-inspiring debut' Stylist

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099565741
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780701186814
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099565741
Publication date: 3rd January 2013
Author: Grace McCleen
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Family Drama,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Grace McCleen

Grace McCleen's first novel, The Land of Decoration, was published in 2012 and was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize for the best first novel of the year. It was also chosen for Richard & Judy's Book Club and won her the Betty Trask Prize in 2013. Her second novel, The Professor of Poetry, was published by Sceptre in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Encore Award. She read English at the University of Oxford and has an MA from York, and currently lives in London.

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