The Whalebone Theatre

Joanna Quinn

Regular price $39.00

MARCIE'S PICK

A debut novel, historic and as unusual as the protagonist, Cristabel Seagrave. We are transported from her unconventional childhood through her coming of age during the second world war. Young Cristabel uses her talents as an actress in her own theatre forged from the skeleton of a dead whale to become a spy working in occupied France. Memorable characters so compelling, I can't wait to read  Ms. Quinnn 's next work. - MB

One blustery night in 1928, a whale washes up on the shores of the English Channel. By law, it belongs to the King, but twelve-year-old orphan Cristabel Seagrave has other plans. She and the rest of the household—her sister, Flossie; her brother, Digby, long-awaited heir to Chilcombe manor; Maudie Kitcat, kitchen maid; Taras, visiting artist—build a theatre from the beast’s skeletal rib cage. Within the Whalebone Theatre, Cristabel can escape her feckless stepparents and brisk governesses, and her imagination comes to life.

As Cristabel grows into a headstrong young woman, World War II rears its head. She and Digby become British secret agents on separate missions in Nazi-occupied France—a more dangerous kind of playacting, it turns out, and one that threatens to tear the family apart.

Hardcover | 576 pages | 6.52" x 9.71"