The Double Shadow

The Double Shadow is a new kind of adventure novel; encompassing a world like no other.


Ages: 14+

Sally Gardner has a wondrous almost wizardly way with words, using simple prose infused with a touch of magic… If you want a novel which eschews current trends in YA literature, no zombies, nor vampires nor post-apocalyptic plains, then you will relish The Double Shadow, a compelling read which will hook you from the opening pages.”Lovely Treez Reads blog


Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father’s plan.

 Sally Gardner’s extraordinary new novel, [is] a complex and richly imagined tale about memory and identity set against the backdrop of the Second World War… in a world where books are routinely marketed as X meets Y, and summarised neatly in a sentence, The Double Shadow defies easy categorization.”
Alice O’Keefe, Bookseller


Against the tense backdrop of the second World War Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted.