Damselfly Books aims to publish the work of two or three selected writers each year. These writers will demonstrate originality, style, and literary verve. We will focus on fresh work which has been missed by mainstream publishing.
This page will feature each book when it comes out or gains the attention of Dragonfly. The first book is Wendy Robertson’s own new title The Bad Child to demonstrate the standards we intend to achieve in the publishing process with the books of every one of our authors.
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A Psychological Novel From
Bestselling Author Wendy Robertson
‘We’re all experts in childhood. After all weren’t we all once children? But … Twelve year old Dee is a misfit in her family. Her parents see her stubborn wilfulness as a source of chaos in the household. It’s the last straw when she decides not to speak. As her life begins to unravel Dee tells us her own story – how she begins to rescue herself from her own life. But Dee is not alone on her journey. Travelling with her is a woman who throws pots and a dog called Rufus. Then there are Dee’s drawing books and characters she’s met in stories she has read…
First Readers’ Comments:
Sharon Griffiths, Author and Journalist ‘it’s easy to label a child, much harder to see the real picture. in a tense and moving story, Wendy Robertson challenges us to find a new way of looking.’
Avril Joy, Novelist and Short Story Writer – ‘from the first page we have no choice but to take this fragile but resilient child into our hearts. we see the world through dee’s eyes, notice everything as she does, struggling with her ‘to work out what all this means,’ from the beasts and cages that haunt her dreams to the uncomfortable, often destructive, politics of family life the world of the novel is as richly textured as the ‘markings,’ Dee makes in her precious books. It is a world in which the powerlessness of childhood is laid bare. It’s triumph is to show us just how the spirit of the child survives. What makes this novel so touching is the way Wendy Robertson fast tracks us straight into Dee’s world’
Clive Johnson, Editor and Author – ‘most striking here is the careful handling of the mystery of dee’s state of mind and the growing undercurrent of menace.’
Read Wendy Robertson on research and writing The Bad Child on the Research Page
Read about her life on The Damselfly Journal
Read Wendy Robertson’s personal blog: Life Twice Tasted