In this exceptionally well-crafted tale, Coriander tells the story of her childhood in seventeenth-century London — and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother, who was a fairy princess. But her mother’s sudden death brings on a dark time for Coriander. And after mourning her beloved mother and dealing with the disappearance of her father and the wrath of her evil stepmother, Coriander finds herself locked in a chest with no hope of escape and no will to survive. But when a bright light beckons to her, it is then that Coriander’s journey truly begins. Beautifully written, this magical and luminous story is destined to become a children’s classic.
Sally Gardner is an English children's writer and illustrator. She lives in London.
Her award-winning book, I, Coriander, is set in 17th-century London. It tells the story of Coriander, the unhappy daughter of a silk merchant.
Sally Gardner has severe dyslexia, and didn't learn to read until she was 14. But she did very well in art college and then in drama college, and worked as a theatre designer before turning to illustration and writing.