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About the book
  • Published: 1 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780552571302
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Accident Season




A bewitching, dark and beautiful debut novel about a girl living in the shadow of a mysterious curse.

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

  • Pub date: 1 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780552571302
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Moira Fowley-Doyle

Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, two young daughters and one old cat. Moïra's French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings.

Moïra spent several years at university studying vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight, when she was told that if she wrote a story about spiders she wouldn't be afraid of them any more. Moïra is still afraid of spiders, but has never stopped writing stories.

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Praise for The Accident Season

“A magical debut that you will devour”

Guardian

“Eerie and edgy, dark and intense . . . You'll read it in a single breathless sitting”

The Bookseller

“Months after reading Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s stunning debut, I am still blown away . . . One of the best books I've read in years. An exquisite story – the kind to win awards, top bestseller lists, and become the obsession of book lovers everywhere”

Publishers Weekly

“Months after reading Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s stunning debut, I am still blown away . . . One of the best books I've read in years. An exquisite story – the kind to win awards, top bestseller lists, and become the obsession of book lovers everywhere”

Publishers Weekly

“This astonishingly bold debut combines gritty reality with mystical, ghostly presences – and is beautifully written”

Daily Mail

“The Accident Season is brilliant”

Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles

“Compelling . . . a dark teen romance with a spooky vibe”

The Times

“Ghosts, secrets, and magic collide in this Irish author's astonishing debut . . . A powerful novel from an exciting new talent”

Kirkus

“I can’t call it anything but fantastic . . . There actually isn’t a thing about it that I would change. Eerie, mysterious, magical”

Books for Birds Blog

“Sensuous, eerie, lyrical . . . Fowley-Doyle’s The Accident Season reads like a poem. The mystery is intriguing, the writing is gorgeous, and the characters are vivid. A lovely debut”

April Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

“Hands down the best book I've read this year”

Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater's Daughter

“A deep, multi-layered story and it's beautifully written . . . Lyrical and mysterious and oblique”

The Bookbag

“Beautifully crafted and atmospheric . . . Readers will be swept away”

Booklist

“Debut author Fowley-Doyle weaves an enchanting ghost story set in a small Irish river town, where magical elements collide with brutal realities . . . An endearing coming-of-age narrative about emotionally scarred young adults trying to find their tribe”

Publishers Weekly

“Riveting”

Teen Vogue

“Stunning, lyrical and incredibly haunting . . . The Accident Season is a compelling story of family, first love and friendship, the blurriness of secrets and lies, and everything in between, but it’s brought to life by Moira’s beautiful words”

Pretty Books

“An addictive and intoxicating coming-of-age tale with a dark and serious edge”

The Bookseller

“Intense and emotionally charged . . . A fascinating cast and a relentless plot . . . Intriguing”

The Bookseller

“A brilliantly gripping and atmospheric novel of sudden revelations as memories surface . . . Characters are vivid and engaging, the plot is compelling and unpredictable and the mood is, in turn, humorous, romantic, magical, dangerous, frightening and haunting”

Magpies

“Stylishly written, highly engaging and utterly captivating, The Accident Season heralds the arrival of one the most original and striking voices in YA fiction for decades”

Daisy Chain Book Reviews

“A brilliant, eerie debut”

Mumsnet

“There’s a lot of buzz about this book, and I can see why. From the first chapter you’re immediately drawn in. There’s a sense of danger from the outset . . . This is an incredibly haunting debut and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Fowley-Doyle”

Askews & Holts

“Thrilling, exciting, twisted, engaging and unique. As a slightly darker book, the storyline keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and eager to read on . . . perfect for someone who enjoys riveting stories and is a must-read for any keen readers like myself”

Bridie, 15, Big Issue

“Fowley-Doyle’s stunning debut novel weaves the temporal and the spiritual into a seamless reality, rich in emotional impact . . . Will cast its spell over older teens and adults alike”

School Library Journal

“A haunting and atmospheric coming of age story whose offbeat characters and lyrical prose style beguile the reader from the first page. An arresting & memorable debut”

Peters Newsletter

“The whole package: teenage angst (but of course), broken families, strong friendships, a sprinkle of romance and a lot of mystery”

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