The Ghosts of Heaven

“Marcus Sedgwick’s beguiling novel about human longing, The Ghosts of Heaven, is a triumph.”
The Telegraph

“Sedgwick is a brilliantly inventive writer… [a] clever book that is thought-provoking and at times deeply moving.”
The Daily Mail

“You will be mesmerised.”
The Bookseller

“I have reread ‘The Ghosts of Heaven’ three times since we talked… it refuses to leave me alone. I think it is an extraordinary book, a huge achievement…”
Nikki Gamble, Director, Just Imagine Story Centre

“I’m entirely sure this is a book I’ll still be reading in five, ten, even twenty years. It really is that super. Honestly, it is. I’m calling it now: The Ghosts of Heaven is the book of the year for me.”
The Bookbag

 

From left to right are the UK, US and German covers.

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016, this mesmerising and mysterious novel is written in four cleverly interlinked parts and can be read in 24 different ways.

Spanning thousands of years, The Ghosts of Heaven can tell us a secret as old as time, about survival, discovery, and the effect of the spiral – a symbol that has no end – on all our lives.

It’s there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny. Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. The spiral has existed as long as time has existed. Follow the ways of infinity to discover its meaning.

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Awards

Shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Fiction Prize, The Carnegie Medal, The Costa Book Awards, The UKLA Book Awards.
A Peters Book of the Year.
A Lovereading Book of the Year.