Sally Gardner: Freefalling into fairies

A lead autumn title for Orion, I, Coriander is Sally Gardner's first novel for older readers. She came to authorship after a first career in the theatre, discovering that her dyslexia was no hindrance--quite the opposite, she thinks--to literary creativity. Her previous stories and picture books include The Strongest Girl in the World and The Fairy Catalogue.

I, Coriander tells the story of a young girl growing up during the English Civil War and the republic of Oliver Cromwell. Coriander's happy childhood comes to an end when her mother dies. Her father, under suspicion of being a royalis...

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