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Goblin by Ever Dundas

Released Spring 2017
Format: Paperback, B Format, 198 x 129mm, 240pp

ISBN Code: 978-1-911332-29-9
Ever Dundas

Ever Dundas gained a Creative Writing Masters from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011.

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by Ever Dundas


Ian McEwan’s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth in this extraordinary debut.

A novel set between the past and present with magical realist elements. Goblin is an outcast girl growing up in London during World War 2. After witnessing a shocking event she increasingly takes refuge in a self-constructed but magical imaginary world. Having been rejected by her mother, she leads a feral life amidst the craters of London’s Blitz, and takes comfort in her family of animals, abandoned pets she’s rescued from London’s streets.

In 2011, a chance meeting and an unwanted phone call compels an elderly Goblin to return to London amidst the riots and face the ghosts of her past. Will she discover the truth buried deep in her fractured memory or retreat to the safety of near madness? In Goblin, debut novelist Dundas has constructed an utterly beguiling historical tale with an unforgettable female protagonist at its centre.

Praise for Goblin:

‘A captivating debut novel’ Herald

‘…the best debut fiction by a Scottish author since Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon…’ Stuart Kelly, Scotsman

Goblin, is a book to sink into in complete trust, a story to savour like grandma’s bread pudding, crusty around the edges, spicy and soft inside, a masterpiece.’ Shiny New Books

‘Ever Dundas has written a prize winner’ Isobel Blackthorn

‘This is a book I’ll be re-reading!’ The Bookeaters

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‘A captivating and capricious debut that explores with a deft hand the ‘creature world’ we all carry somewhere inside. Hops neatly and with verve between contemporary Edinburgh and wartime London of the 1940s, as seen through the eyes of a wonderfully idiosyncratic narrator who glints and gleams like a dirty gem.’ Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker