The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby is a beautiful novel about love, exploration and discovering yourself. It is a very unique read and a fabulous debut novel.
The action begins in October 1987 – A date I remember well due to the infamous weather forecast by the BBC’s Michael Fish. We follow a young girl through her formative years.
There is a close relationship between the girl and her father. He immortalises her in his books but fame comes at a price. Their love is tangible and beautiful to witness.
Friendships are important too. We all need friends who will support us through life.
There is the difficult subject of dementia. I found this sentence heart-breaking: “Whatever happens, I’m still here. I’m still me, inside.”
The written books are very much a part of the story. Along with the character, we participate in a treasure hunt. We must decide what is real and what is imagined.
The Illustrated Child was totally unique, absolutely mesmerising and beautifully written. I look forward to many more books by the talented Polly Crosby.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.