Darren Simpson

Waterstones Book of the Year

Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2023

Nominated for the Juniper Award 2022

Winner of Inspire’s Brilliant Book Award 2023

‘A dark, imaginative and mesmerising read.’ A. M Howell

The real world is a hostile place for twelve year old Bren, his schooldays stalked by vicious bully, Shaun, and his family life fractured at home. Ever since is sister Evie died in an accident, Bren’s only safe space is Furthermoor, an imagined world of mechanised trees and clockwork animals, where Evie is still alive.

From twice nominated CILIP Carnegie Medal author Darren Simpson, comes a spellbinding and unforgettable story about the power of the imagination, courage and finding your voice.

In Furthermoor, no one can hurt Bren… until the mysterious Featherly arrives. Now Bren is forced to confront his deepest fears and decide if his place in the real world is worth fighting for.

A Monster Calls meets Coraline,Furthermooris a moving and powerful story about one boy’s retreat into his imagination following the death of his sister. With incredible world-building, realistic characters and a strong anti-bullying message, follow Bren on his journey of healing and survival.

‘Simpson is a compelling writer, his prose clear and muscular. He is acutely aware of generational behaviours, and of the cycle of deprivation that locks people into delinquency. He also has a marvellous sense of the uncanny: there are hints here of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, as when Bren’s mother and father appear in Furthermoor as clockwork automata. Children of ten and upwards will find much within this involving work to transport them.’ Literary Review

‘Following twelve-year-old Bren who escapes the real world into an imaginary one after the loss of his sister, this dark and mesmerising novel from the author of The Memory Thieves imparts a powerful message of courage and self-confidence.’ Waterstones book to look out for in March

‘Spellbinding.’ The Independent

Blackwell’s Book of the Month

LoveReading4Kids Weekly Staff Pick

LoveReading4Kids Book of the Month for March


  • Usborne Publishing World English
  • WF Howes Audio
  • Timaş Yayınları Turkey

Material: Finished copies 271pp