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The first adventure in a spellbinding new magical world.

‘Wildly inventive . . . full of laugh-out-loud humour, enchanting magic and rebellious hope. I loved it’ Catherine Doyle

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia’s world, Making – crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients – is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia’s father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

It’s up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . . .

‘An utterly charming adventure full of wildness, wit, magic and heart’ Anna James

© Tamzin Merchant 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • A wildly inventive tale, full of laugh-out-loud humour, enchanting magic and rebellious hope. Charming from first page to last. I loved it

    Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island
  • An utterly charming adventure full of wildness, wit, magic and heart

    Anna James, author of Pages & Co
  • Imaginative . . . Entertaining, comical and breezy, and the settings are conjured in transporting detail

    The Times
  • A swashbuckling romp for lovers of history and magic . . . Magical elements, complicated plot twists and colourful characters will appeal to Philip Pullman and Harry Potter fans

    Kirkus
  • A cosy magical adventure peppered with charming detail

    The Bookseller
  • Absolutely wonderful

    Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse

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