Devilskein & Dearlove

Devilskeinfront final for bus cardDevilskein & Dearlove cover image copyright Ed Boxall


978-1-909208-15-5 Paperback
978-1-909208-16-2 ePub
978-1-909208-17-9 Mobi/ Kindle

256 pages

24th July 2014  buy via our sales team at Inpress logowhitetrans

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Our first young adult novel, by South African writer Alex Smith, who also has a story in Weird Lies.

watch the animated trailer

Young Erin Dearlove has lost everything in a violent attack on her family. She now lives with her bohemian aunt Kate in a run-down Cape Town apartment block. Locked into a fantasy of her previous life, she shuns all overtures of friendship from her new neighbours, until she meets Mr Devilskein, the demon who lives on the top floor… and opens a door into another world.

Just as Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book reworked Kipling’s The Jungle Book for a modern audience with a liking for the supernatural, Devilskein & Dearlove is a darker, more edgy, contemporary reworking of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden. An orphaned teenager is taken in by a reluctant distant relative, and in her new home makes an unexpected friend and finds a secret realm. It has shades of the quirky fantastical in the style of Miyazaki’s (Studio Ghibli) animated films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle (originally a novel by Diana Wynne Jones).
Alex says “As a child The Secret Garden was one of my first favourite novels – one of the first I relished reading by myself. Although Devilskein & Dearlove is very different, it was inspired by that novel and its themes.

Alex Smith’s quirky imagination knows no bounds.

André Brink

Market: Young Adult and Fantasy adult crossover, precocious readers of 9 and over. Readers (young and old) of Neil Gaiman and Markus Zusak in particular will enjoy the mix of glee and horror, darkness and hope; while the story will also appeal to slightly older readers of Roald Dahl, Eoin Colfer and Lemony Snickett.

fat key copyAlex has been blogging about secret gardens in Cape Town, read more here

Arachne Press editor Cherry Potts talks about Devilskein & Dearlove on Croydon Radio

Alex interviewed on The Good Book Appreciation Society

Alex Interviewed on Teen Librarian

Video Q&A with Alex

Review of Devilskein & Dearlove

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