My debut novel, ELSETIME, published September 2020 by independent publisher, Everything With Words, is a middle-grade novel (for 9-12 year olds). It was inspired by a real-life tragic event: The Great Flood of London in 1928. I cannot wait for you to meet Needle and an impetuous jeweller’s apprentice called Glory; a special crow and a hard-nosed taskmaster; a distinguished inventor and a deadly flood – all living their lives in Inthington Town just a stone’s throw from each other but with many decades between.
It’s January 6th 1928, the day before the GREAT FLOOD. There’s a snowstorm and the river is about to burst its banks – fourteen souls will be lost. Can Glory, an orphan with only one hand, her TIME-TRAVELLING friend Needle and their pet CROW change the future? Is there ANYONE among all those people entombed in that snow-shrouded town who will LISTEN? WARNING: Time travel isn’t something you should try unless you are prepared to face the consequences.
~WINNER, CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD (pre publication) WELLS FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE 2017 ~
~ BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020: HALFWAY UP BOOKS ~
~ CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020: BRIDGE STREET BOOKS ~
~ SHORTLISTED FOR THE SPELLBINDING BOOK AWARD 2021 ~
~ SHORTLISTED FOR THE AWESOME BOOK AWARD 2022 ~
Cover art & internal illustrations by Holly Ovenden
The Irish Examiner: “Expertly crafted.” “Characters splendidly drawn.” “A remarkable debut which features a brilliant and surprising ending.”
The Irish Times: “Rich with historical detail – Elsetime is both classic in tone and original in vision.”
Irish Independent: “Fans of Helena Duggan will love the atmosphere and clever plotting of this debut novel and there’s a terrific twist towards the end. A highly original debut.”
Lancashire Post: “Steeped in atmosphere and suspense, beautifully written, and full of superb historical details and a finely drawn cast of eclectic characters, Elsetime is gripping, moving, and delivers a final, dazzling twist that will delight readers both young and old.”
Kieran Larwood, Author of The Podkin One-Ear Series: “An enchanting, time-twisting adventure. Beautifully written.”
Helena Duggan, Author of A Place Called Perfect: “Eve McDonnell’s gripping story weaves delicately through time, with a brilliant twist in the tale that will leave you longing for Glory and Needles’ next adventure!”
Nicki Thornton, Author of The Last Chance Hotel: “Glorious storytelling indeed.”
Steve Voake, Author & Lecturer: “Elsetime is a tale that combines time-travel with evocative description, colourful characterisation and artistic endeavour to create the unique and compelling story of friendship and courage.”
Sinead O’Hart, Author of The Eye of The North: “Written in a unique and memorable voice, and peopled with characters as memorable as the wonderful Needle and the spirited Glory, Eve McDonnell’s debut novel is one not to miss. McDonnell has woven a clever and heartwarming story from a real-life tragedy, a tale with high stakes and genuine moments of warmth and love and humour. You’ll never look at crows in the same way again…”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, June Previews: “Can two children change the course of fate? Inspired by the real-life 1928 Great Flood of London, this intriguing debut blends time-slip with historical adventure. The striking cover is by Holly Ovenden, whose half-page illustrations will appear throughout the book.”
Sue Chambers, Waterstones Bookseller: “A beautifully written and atmospheric tale of bravery and friendship.” Read full review here.
Trish Hennessy, Bookseller, Halfway Up The Stairs: “This book is filled with intriguing characters, a rich plot and is a rip roaring adventure – one of my favourite books of the year. Highly recommend for age 10+”
LoveReading4Kids (Andrea Reece): September 2020 Debut of the Month. “A sparkling timeslip adventure full of magic, great characters and real treasure.” Read full review here.
Booklover Jo: “Cleverly written and wonderfully executed it is an absolute joy to read… A truly extraordinary debut that I absolutely loved, Eve is definitely one to watch out for!” More here.
Erin, Book Blogger (@AssetReadingAdvocate): “Elsetime is a story full of courage, friendship and hope. I highly recommend it. One to watch!” Read full review here.
Mary Rees, Book Blogger (@marysimms72): “Elsetime is an utterly exhilarating and captivating time-slip story with THE most amazing crow! This is definitely one to look out for!” Read full review here.
Kate Poels, Book Reviewer: “I’ve been given a sneaky peek at a book not out until Sept and it’s one of the best things I’ve read this year. I love it when a book grabs me like this one and I’m looking forward to shouting about it in the autumn.” See video review here.
Donna @NinjaTeacher, Book Reviewer: “WOW… WOW… WOW!! This is a book like no other! So unique. A story like none I have ever read before. I recommend this book to everyone. A classic in the making!“
Mary Esther Judy – book blogger: “Time-flip novel that creates an imaginative, richly textured tale of two pasts coming together. Mesmerising, unique & full of ingenuity; wonderful!” More here.
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