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  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760895037
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $16.99

When Days Tilt




Magic, mystery and darkness – a gripping fantasy adventure for lovers of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. In this page-turning debut, one girl must figure out why she is the key to two worlds, before time itself falls under the control of the powerful and the greedy.

A historical fantasy adventure for teens set between Victorian London and a darker parallel city.

It’s 1858, and there are two queens on the throne. Victoria reigns over London, the biggest city the world has ever known. But London has a secret shadow city, called Donlon, where another queen, the Green Witch, rules her own domain – time.

London is in turmoil. The Thames is at the height of the Great Stink; a blazing comet is searing the sky; technology is moving so fast it seems otherworldly; and the city is exploding with more people than it can hold. Darwin is about to publish his theory of evolution and humanity’s very place in the world is in question. On top of all this, people are disappearing into thin air. If they return, it is with empty eyes and torn souls, never to be the same again. Ava, a fourteen-year-old Londoner, feels trapped by the limited life of a young Victorian woman and by her watchmaking apprenticeship with her father. Her predictable world is turned upside down when she discovers that the body in her mother’s grave is not her mother, but a stranger.

When Ava goes in search of her real mother and her true identity, she is thrust into the dark world of Donlon and must fight a battle to save those she loves and the future of both worlds . . .

  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760895037
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

Karen Ginnane

Karen Ginnane is a Melbourne-based author for middle grade and young adult readers. Penguin Random House Australia is publishing her debut novel When Days Tilt and its sequel When Souls Tear, historical fantasy adventures set in Victorian London and a parallel city.

Karen has been variously employed as a freelance copywriter, a marketing director for Paramount Pictures in London, a grain weighbridge operator in rural WA, a swimming teacher, a life model, a deckhand in Chile and an English teacher in Japan. She's also taught creative writing and bellydance, published short stories and in 2020 received a Varuna Creative Retreat Fellowship for When Souls Tear.

Karen also runs a tour operator business with her husband, who is a Londoner, and lives in Melbourne with him and their two children. And two cats.

Praise for When Days Tilt

When Days Tilt invites readers into a vibrant and intricate world, full of imagination and mystery. An absorbing debut for fans of Philip Pullman.

Anna Morgan, author of Before The Beginning and All That Impossible Space

An atmospheric, visceral read that casts its otherworldly thrall from the first page. The adventure is always underpinned by the emotional growth of the characters, and the mystery is always grounded in the importance of family and human connection. Perfect for readers who love imaginative historical fantasy with a dash of steampunk.

Sam-Ellen Bound, author of Seven Wherewithal Way

Lose yourself in the world of Victorian London, and the world of its sinister twin, as you travel back – and forth – in time. Time Catchers: When Days Tilt will show you London as you’ve never seen it before.

Lucinda Hawksley, Author and great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens

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