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  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448193967
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Accident Season

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

'A magical debut that you will devour' Guardian
'Stunning . . . I am still blown away. An exquisite story' Publishers Weekly
'Hands down the best book I've read this year' Melinda Salisbury

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, 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?

A bewitching, dark and beautiful novel that will stay with you long after the final page.

  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448193967
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Moira Fowley-Doyle

Moïra is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin where she writes magic realism, reads tarot cards and raises witch babies. Moïra's first novel, The Accident Season, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and received widespread critical acclaim. Her second, Spellbook of the Lost and Found, was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award.

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Praise for The Accident Season

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

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

The Bookseller

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

The Bookseller

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


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

The Bookseller

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

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

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

The Bookbag

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

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

A magical debut that you will devour


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


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

Daily Mail

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

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

The Times

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

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


Hands down the best book I've read this year

Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater's Daughter

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


The Accident Season is brilliant

Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles


Teen Vogue

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