Wormwood Gate

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A brilliant fantasy debut for young adults, sparkling with all the wonderful strangeness of Alice in Wonderland, but in a world all its own.

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Aisling and Julie are bickering when they are almost run over by a white horse with a red mane. Something strange is going on: the city looks changed; three castles for three Queens blaze on the horizon and pigeons and seagulls are at war with one another. Can Aisling and Julie find the Wormwood Gate and get back to Mortal Realms? And could it be possible that they like each other more than they first thought?

This urban fantasy debut with a sense of humour and a subtle love story sparkles with all the beauty and strangeness of Alice in Wonderland.



‘Super characterisation and a light-hearted sense of humour underline the story in the tradition of Diana Wynne Jones… Plot twists and turns keep the reader in suspense. Imaginative imagery is found throughout… Underlying the adventure is a subtle love story which develops between the two girls… their realistically drawn and gracefully handled romance is a theme which is rarely so sympathetically explored in teen fiction…

Katherine Farmar is a name to look for in the future.’ Library Association of Ireland 2014

‘Original, inventive, and very funny. The characters have oodles of attitude.’ Irish Examiner

‘A highly inventive first novel … The books is an exciting read …’ Teresa Doran, Books Ireland

‘… two things really made this one work for me. First, the references to Dublin, and how they’re transformed into something magical … Second, the relationship between the girls …’ Claire Hennessy, author

‘My goodness I loved this book … there is so much going for this modern urban fantasy set in Dublin, with shades of Alice in Wonderland and a wonderful love story between the two girls. Fresh, intelligent and a page turner.’ – Ruth Frances Long, author

About Katherine Farmar

Katherine Farmar was born and raised in Dublin and has lived there all her life, except for a year spent studying philosophy in Edinburgh. She has written reviews for the Irish Times, the TLS, and Strange Horizons, and also works in theatre. She has pretended to be Annie Graves (a lot of children\'s writers do this) and in that guise she wrote A Dog\'s Breakfast, but Wormwood Gate, for older children and young teenagers is her first kids\' book written under her own name.

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