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A.M. Howell

A.M. Howell completed a BA and MA at the University of Manchester and now writes policy documents for local government. In 2015, she was one of fifteen writers selected to take part in the Curtis Brown Creative Writing for Children Course, tutored by children’s author Catherine Johnson.

Her first novel, The Garden of Lost Secrets is loosely inspired by the discovery of a 100-year-old gardener’s notebook at Ickworth House. She lives in rural Suffolk with her husband and two sons.

Twitter: @amhowellwrites

The Garden of Lost Secrets

It is 1916 and twelve-year-old Clara’s father has gone to Devon to recover from gas poisoning. Clara, and the terrible secret she keeps hidden in her pinafore pocket, are sent to stay with her formidable aunt and uncle at Gardener’s Cottage in the grounds of a country estate.

Clara soon discovers that her new surroundings hold secrets of their own: a locked room and a hidden key, amysterious boy who only appears in the gardens at night, covert meetings on misty mornings, and a fruit thief who is stealing precious pineapples from the Earl’s exotic hothouses.

But for Clara to unravel the garden’s secrets, she will have to face up to a truth she can’t bring herself to acknowledge and a war she’s desperate to forget.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Usborne