Talking Location With author Ana Sampson
The Stranger’s Guide To Talliston [Second Edition]
Location(s): Great Dunmow
Genre(s): Young Adult
Era(s): Present Day
Abandoned and alone, thirteen-year-old Joe’s world is shattered when he enters a deserted council house in Great Dunmow and becomes trapped within a labyrinth protecting the last magical places on earth. There, Joe discovers The Stranger’s Guide, a cryptic book charting this immense no-man’s land and his only map through its dark and dangerous puzzle of doors and rooms.
Hunted by sinister forces, Joe is forced ever deeper into both the maze and the mystery of his missing parents. What lies at the labyrinth’s centre and will it reunite him with the family he so desperately needs?
The novel is inspired by and set inside a unique and amazing house and gardens. Talliston was a 25-year project that took the UK’s most ordinary house and transformed it, room by room, by ordinary people on an ordinary budget, into ‘Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home’ (The Times).
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