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Pam Smy’s new graphic novel to Pavilion

Neil Dunnicliffe at Pavilion Children’s Books has acquired the long-awaited second novel from Pam Smy, the celebrated author and illustrator of Thornhill. Neil acquired world rights in all languages for The Hideaway direct from the author.

Covering themes of family, childhood, domestic violence, lost love, separation and reconciliation, The Hideaway will be an important and strikingly illustrated book for middle grade readers right up to adults and will be published in hardback in September 2020. It will also be the first book to be published on the new Pavilion Children’s illustrated fiction list for children aged 7 and up.

The story is told in two alternating narratives, both different aspects of the same event. One thread tells of runaway Billy McKenna’s experience of hiding away in an overgrown graveyard. The other focuses on the situation at home and the police search for Billy. The Hideaway will be illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings.

Neil Dunnicliffe of Pavilion Books said:  

“I’m delighted to welcome the very talented Pam Smy to the Pavilion Children’s Books list. Pam provides that rare combination of brilliant, gripping writing and stunning illustration, as shown so marvellously in her debut ThornhillThe Hideaway has a very moving and exciting story with elements of the supernatural, and Pam’s art for the book is so beautiful that every page is a delight. This book also marks the launch of Pavilion Children’s Books new fiction list, where we will be publishing a select number of innovative illustrated fiction titles.”

 Pam Smy commented:

“I have watched with interest the increasing investment in high quality illustrated children’s books at Pavilion over the last couple of years and have appreciated how the children’s publishing team have built a successful list of both established and emerging illustrators. I am excited that Pavilion are setting up a new fiction list and delighted that I will be part of it.”

The Hideaway by Pam Smy will be published by Pavilion Books in September 2020, Hardback, £12.99