It is an extraordinary, magical and wonderful book that captivated me, a book set mainly in whilst the First World War was taking its toll of humanity, leaving despair and tragedy in its wake. This is a story of love, and family relationships, as well as of the devastating effects of rivalry and war.
It opens with the first frost of winter each year and closes when the first snowdrop blooms. At first Cathy lived in the Wendy House, which like the Tardis is larger on the inside than the outside, with Sirius the patchwork dog. It was where her daughter, Martha was born.
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Kasper and Emil are caught up in a battle for control of the Emporium, and they both fall in love with Cathy, but it is Kasper that she marries. And things come a head when Kasper returns a damaged man and retreats into his mind.
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What happens next changes their lives for ever. The Toymakers is a wonderful book, one that will stay with me, not just about the horrors of war and rivalry, but above all about the power of love, the magic of childhood and the effect of toys — when you are young you play with toys to feel grown up, imagining what it will be like to be an adult. But when you are an adult what you want from toys is to feel that you are young again.
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They remind you that the world was once as filled with magic as your imagination will allow. You are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Summary: The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical… From Goodreads Just as fast as it enchanted me, The Toymakers broke my heart.
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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Its arctic landscapes are bleak and yet beautiful and, for a small novel, it feels so vast as well.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? It is, perhaps, the earliest book to use the fantastic to make comment on the modern moment, and I love it that it was as appealing and engaging for me as a six-year-old boy, looking at pictures of the Lilliputians tying Gulliver down, as it is for me as an adult. I worry that, as soon as I talk about an idea, it turns to slush. Read an extract of The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale now. Home About book reviews My favourite books. Help Wanted Are you lost? Are you afraid Are you a child at heart.
So are we. The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. Thank you for having me! What five words would you use to describe The Toymakers?
Are any of the characters in The Toymakers based on real people?