Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Betty Trask Prize, The Land of Decoration is blissfully inventive, brilliantly written, with a huge heart, and a tense, pulsing plot - it introduces a young heroine who will change the way you see the world.
Grace McCleen lives in London. The Land of Decoration is her first novel.
"An extraordinary and peculiarly haunting novel" -- Chris Cleave * author of The Other Hand *
"Extraordinary" -- Emma Donoghue, author of Room
"Enchanting and compellingly dark... This is an intensely personal story, but told with a lightness of touch and air of magic" -- Nigella Lawson * Mail on Sunday Books of the Year *
"A tremendously affecting novel, skillfully and arrestingly written, and one that packs a big emotional punch" * Sunday Times *
"Both sinister and sharply intriguing, with a completely convincing eleven-year-old narrator caught in fundamentalism, school persecution and the edge of the miraculous" -- A.S. Byatt * Guardian, Books of the Year *