It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.
The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.
But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own…
About the Author
Robert Dinsdale was born in North Yorkshire and currently lives in Leigh-On-Sea. He is the author of three previous critically acclaimed novels: The Harrowing, Little Exiles and Gingerbread. The Toymakers is his first venture into magic.
To put it as succinctly as possible, The Toymakers is a terrific novel by a true master of storyteller’s art. Virtually impossible to describe without using the obvious word “magical”, it conjures up an imaginative and utterly immersive fictional universe. The story is guaranteed to send tiny toy soldiers of mind scuttling through the cavities of ones’ brain and remain there long after the lid has been closed on the book itself. The author admirably avoids the useful pitfalls that all too often are part and parcel of tales that venture deep into the realms of fantasy – and, most importantly, he manages to avoid being easily labelled and pigeon-holed. Tampere City Library, Finland
Meet our judging panel for 2024 Dublin Literary Award
VideoJune 2 2023
Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony
Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the prize for Marzahn, Mon Amour.
VideoMay 26 2023
2023 Award Winners in Conversation with Rick O’Shea
Author, Katja Oskamp and translator, Jo Heinrich in conversation.
VideoMay 25 2023
Flowers Say it Better, Love – A poem by Sarah Creighton Keogh
Commissioned for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony.