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About the book

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world—but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks—and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn’t seem to have any special talent at all.

To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests—or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

NEVERMOOR will be published by Lothian Children’s Books on 10 October 2017.


Jessica Townsend

About the author

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children’s wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.


Watch the trailer

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Listen to an excerpt

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Read a sneak peek

Read a chapter of Nevermoor here.


What people are saying

‘Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it’s the sort of delightful, grand adventure destined to be many a reader’s favourite book.’―Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers 

‘Unexpected, exciting and funny. Like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Doctor Who swirled up together. I loved Morrigan Crow, and I want to check in at the Hotel Deucalion.’—Judith Rossell, author of the bestselling and award-winning Withering-by-Sea 

‘Fearsome and funny and original, it’s requisite reading for fantasy lovers of all ages.’—Libby Hathorn, CBCA Award-winning author of Thunderwith 

‘Readers, like Morrigan herself, will feel at home in this evocative novel where magic and confidence go hand in hand. An excellent and exciting work.’—School Library Journal 

‘Readers will feel as though Harry Potter is meeting Alice in Wonderland in this first of a new series.’—Kirkus

‘Exciting, mysterious, marvellous and magical … quite simply one of the best children’s books I’ve read in years.’—Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike 

‘It’s a fast-paced read that is sometimes funny and sometimes scary, but always completely magical.’—Readings 

‘Absolutely amazing.’—Harry Hartog Warringah Mall

‘I loved loved loved loved loved loved it!’—Dymocks Chatswood 

‘Morrigan Crow is possibly one of my favourite characters to date.’—Book Bonding

‘This book is amazing!’—Paperchain

Reading copy giveaway

Want to read NEVERMOOR before anyone else? Email with NEVERMOOR B+P PROOF GIVEAWAY in the subject line and tell us in 25 words or less what your favourite fictional world is for your chance to win one of five proof copies.




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