'An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel' 

Michael Morpurgo

'An exquisite children's book'

The Daily Telegraph - 50 Best Books of 2019

'A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope'

Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk


'Move over War Horse...Enchanting...Beautifully written' 

The Daily Telegraph

'A stunning debut...Fargher's skill is to invest her hero

with the complexity of a human'

The Oldie

'A beautifully imagined wartime adventure'

Clare Fayers, author of The Accidental Pirates

'Brims with courage and adventure' 

The Bookseller

'The wartime setting is vivid and completely convincing

and Pip and her animal comrades are beguiling characters'


'[A]n alternative narrative that is both immersive and engaging, making this a potential modern day classic

that KS2 children and older will truly enjoy' 

Armadillo Magazine

A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, The Umbrella Mouse is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII, winner of the 2019 Sainsbury's Book Prize for Fiction, selected for Waterstones Book of the Month, longlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and listed in the Sunday Telegraph's 50 Best Books of 2019.


1944, and London is under attack. Young mouse Pip Hanway's safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb. Orphaned and alone, she must begin a perilous quest to find a new home. 

But the only way to get there is by joining Noah’s Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting with the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.

Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Anna Fargher's debut novel takes you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.


August 1944, and young mouse Pip Hanway is in France, fighting with the French Resistance group Noah's Ark - a secret gang of animals operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. The war is coming to an end and Pip dreams of reaching her ancestral home inside the umbrella museum in Italy.


But as Pip and her friends make the perilous journey to Paris through occupied territory, she soon realizes that danger comes from all sides and she must sacrifice everything to fight for freedom.


The eagerly anticipated sequel to the award-winning The Umbrella Mouse, based on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII and beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher.


'An exquisite children's book'

The Daily Telegraph on The Umbrella Mouse 

50 Best Books of 2019

'The best animal adventures since Margery Sharp's The Rescuers'

Amanda Craig, New Statesman

Published July 23rd 2020

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