ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Yes, that Vita! This was commissioned for the library of Queen Mary's Doll House in 1924, and has been elegantly reproduced, with a cloth cover and gold foiling on the cover, and very beautiful illustrations that catch the joie de vive of the Roaring Twenties. A sprite takes up residence in the luxuriously appointed Doll House, and causes consternation by the traces of her occupation within the beautiful residence. Whimsical and light-hearted, this will delight young and older readers! Lindy Jones
Preserved unpublished on a bookshelf in the library of the dolls' house created for Queen Mary in 1924, this enchanting story is a previously unknown work by the celebrated poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West. The delightful tale tells of a spirit who inhabits the dolls' house, unseen by conservators, paying guests to the Castle and even Queen Mary herself. Having seemingly been present for the major moments of fairy tale history such as Cinderella's ball, Sleeping Beauty's waking kiss, and the creation of Aladdin's palace, she has made herself at home in this early twentieth-century house, baffling even its maker. This sumptuous book is beautifully bound in real cloth and uniquely illustrated by Kate Baylay. This charming story by a major figure in twentieth-century literature will appeal to adults and children alike.