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The Land of Decoration - Grace McCleen

The Land of Decoration - Grace McCleen

Title: The Land of Decoration

Author:  Grace McCleen

ISBN:  9780701186814

Weight:  779 g

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The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

Judith and her father don’t have much – their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she’s never known.  But Judith sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility.

Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land – little people made from pipe cleaners, a sliver of moon, luminous stars and a mirror sea – a world of wonder that Judith calls The Land of Decoration.  Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow indoors (using shaving foam and cotton wool and cellophane) there will be no school on Monday…

Sure enough, when Judith opens her curtains the next day, the world beyond her window has turned white.  She has performed her first miracle.  And that’s when her troubles begin.

Peer & Press Reviews

Grace McCleen’s writing is deep, fantastical and powerful, and she really lets us into the heart of this tender, gentle little girl…  A wonderful gem of a debut novel.


This extraordinary tale of one little girl’s End Times grabbed me by the throat.  The Land of Decoration is part social observation and part crazy mysticism, held together by a brutally real story of parent-child love.

Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Both sinister and sharply intriguing, with a completely convincing eleven-year-old narrator caught in fundamentalism, school persecution and the edge of the miraculous.

A.S. Byatt, Guardian Books of the Year

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Land of Decoration
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features: Burgundy sprayed page edges, illustrated endpapers and decorative head and tail bands.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated 8.3.12
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Desmond Elliott Prize 2012 – winner
Book Club listing A Richard and Judy Book Club Pick: 02 January 2013
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780701186814
ISBN 10 070118681X
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 289
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 161 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Tom York
Jacket design Suzanne Dean
Jacket illustration Eleni Kalorkoti / AgencyRush
Title lettering Joel Holland

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