Once Upon A Fever
Since the world fell sick with fantastical illnesses, sisters Payton and Ani have grown up in the hospital of King Jude’s...
Payton wants to be a methic like her father, working on a cure for her mother’s sleeping fever. Ani, however, thinks the remedy for all illness might be found in the green wilderness beyond the hospital walls.
When Ani stumbles upon an imprisoned boy who turns everything he touches to gold, her world is turned upside-down. The girls find themselves outside the hospital for the first time, a dark mystery unravelling ...
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‘Readers with gothic tastes will relish this vision of a world in which excessive feeling leads to outbreaks of disease. … A dark, clever, enthralling fantasy, with a vividly imagined setting.’ THE GUARDIAN
'An engaging read that holds a slanted mirror up to our world, inviting us to think about emotions, health and ethics while taking us on an adventure. That slant is important: this is a book to escape into.’ THE IRISH TIMES
‘Richly imagined and deftly constructed.’ WATERSTONES
'A vivid magic-ravaged world … An enjoyable read.' SFX
Praise for Once Upon a Fever
The Ash House
A new boy arrives at the Ash House. He can't remember his name - or why he's been sent there.
Given the name Sol, and troubled by a mystery pain that no medicine can cure, he joins the gang of children living in the shadows of the secretive house.
Soon, however, there's more for him to face: the darkness that descends with the arrival of the Doctor ...
Praise for The Ash House
‘The book has allegorical chill that settles slowly, like damp seeping in . . . leaving readers with a feeling of ambiguous unease that may stir for a long time in the back of their minds like the after-effects of a nightmare.’ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
'An unexpected – and pleasing – combination of propitious and disquieting.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS
‘Walker’s immersive story slowly reveals its secrets, using tension as a lever to tip the reader deep into the Ash House’s mysteries.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'Stories that engage both children and adults are fairly common in dramatic form, but rarer in fiction, where the language can be trickier to navigate across the age divide. It takes a lot of skill. Fortunately, it's a skill that debut Angharad Walker has in spades.' SFX
'Debut author Walker effectively builds an atmospheris, frightening story, tinged with just enough of the supernatural to make Sol, and so the reader, question his sanity.' BOOKLIST
'Dark, tense and intoxicating, this debut from Angharad Walker is seriously exciting.' LUCY STRANGE
'A mesmerising other-worldly story that got deep under my skin – I couldn't put it down.' JASBINDER BILAN
Angharad grew up on various military bases in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. She studied English Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and the University of California Irvine. She now lives in London.
Her first novel, The Ash House, was published in 2021 to wide critical acclaim in the UK and the USA.
Her second book, Once Upon A Fever, was published July 2022.