The Various

The Various : The Touchstone Trilogy

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A gritty and captivating story of courage and strength against terrible odds, this is the story of Midge, abandoned with her eccentric uncle during the holidays, and her adventures with the Various, a band of earthily realistic fairies. The existence of the Various, who are strange, wild and sometimes even deadly, has been kept secret since the beginning of time, but when their world begins to clash with that of human beings, their livelihood is threatened with extinction. This is a wonderfully imaginative story of love and loyalty, and is the first in a powerful more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 309g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552572853
  • 9780552572859

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"A charming story" * The Times * "An exciting and absorbing novel . . . completely believable" * Carousel * "The story unfolds, with its mixture of fantasy and real life, in a most engaging and enthralling way" * Oxford Times * "A well paced, absorbing fantasy . . . Augarde builds up the complex backstory to a brilliantly-handled climax" * SFX *show more

About Steve Augarde

Steve Augarde has worked as an illustrator, paper-engineer and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture books for younger children, as well as producing the paper-engineering for many pop-up books. He has also provided the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series. Steve is married with two more

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There have been stories of the 'little people' - piskies, fairies, call them what you will - ever since the world began. Whispered rumours are all they amount to, until a twelve-year-old child discovers the truth, hidden away among briars and brambles. The truth is strange and wild - and sometimes deadly. A compelling tale of the extraordinary tribes who struggle for survival in the land of human giants - you may even be tempted to seek them out for yourself ... WINNER OF THE SMARTIES BRONZE AWARDshow more

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"The story unfolds, with its mixture of fantasy and real life, in a most engaging and enthralling way"show more

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1,044 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 22% (234)
4 38% (397)
3 30% (313)
2 7% (78)
1 2% (22)
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