by Ever Dundas
December 2017 – Saraband
GOBLIN won the prestigious Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2017.
Ian McEwan’s ATONEMENT meets Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth in this extraordinary debut.
Goblin is an outcast girl. Neglected by her biological mother, she lives on the streets of London during the Second World War with a gang of young children. She creates a magical imaginary world to escape her everyday life and turns her efforts to saving animals, giving meaning to her life. Years later, now living in Edinburgh, she is asked to return to London, and must face the ghosts from her past.
GOBLIN is a passionate account of how a disenfranchised girl grows into a determined and caring woman, despite her childhood psychological traumas. Jumping between past and present, wartime London and Edinburgh, Dundas’ writing and storytelling style is evocative and captivating, making you wonder what’s real and what’s fantasy. An unforgettable read.
Ever Dundas studied for a Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University after completing a degree in Psychology and Sociology at Queen Margaret University. She has previously published short stories and dark fairy tales published, and is now working on her second novel.
« A brilliant picaresque… terrific debut novel… a celebration of freakery, of creating one’s own family; a meditation on trauma and loss and abandonment (in both senses of that word) which, somehow, is never bleak.Goblin brims throughout with a kind of reckless joy. » —The Guardian, « Book of the Day »
‘A captivating debut novel’ – Herald
‘…the best debut fiction by a Scottish author since Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon…a marvellous piece of work’ – Stuart Kelly, Scotsman