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Illustrated by Anthony Browne, The Daydreamer takes the reader out of reality and into the dream world of 10 year old Peter Fortune.

In these seven interlinked stories the grown-up Peter reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere between dream and reality Peter experiences magical transformations when he swaps bodies with William, the family cat, the baby Kenneth and, in the final story, wakes up as a twelve-year-old inside a grown-up body and experiences the adventure of falling in love.

Reviews

'A brilliant book-wonderful '

TES

'A classic'

FinancialTimes

'Exhilarating - brilliant'

The Independent

Clear and vivid prose...read these aloud to your children and be unsettled by them.

Katie Law, Evening Standard

This is a wonderful reissue written with the same style and flair which has made him (Ian McEwan) one of our most popular adult authors.

Nottingham Evening Post

This is a book that could be read at several levels. The dreams can be taken at face-value, but they also reveal themes, that more astute readers might recognise...a good read.

Writeaway!

A real delight.

Irish Times

'The perfect antidote to video game stagnation.'

South Wales Argus

'The stories are inventive.'

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  • EBook

    9781409096337

    July 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    112 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781784875985

    September 17, 2019

    Vintage Children's Classics

    112 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099470717

    November 10, 1995

    Red Fox

    112 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099590613

    October 6, 1995

    Vintage

    144 pages

    RRP $19.99

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