The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

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The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical...

Title : The Toymakers
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ISBN : 1473551609
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Amalia rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

‘’Are you lost? Are you afraid? Are you a child at heart?’’ I never thought that there would ever be another book that would make me experience all the emotions The Night Circus brought to surface. The awe, the magic, the sadness and the hope. Naturally, I was immediately drawn to the story of ‘...

Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

January 24, 2018

Robert Dinsdale has written a richly detailed and imaginative historical story of the place toys have in the hearts of both children and adults through Papa Jack's Emporium located on Iron Duke Mews in London. It begins in the early part of the 20th century with a pregnant 16 year old Cathy runni...

Jules rated it ★★★★★

February 08, 2018

I loved The Toymakers. This was a truly magical and emotional tale. I was sad to leave Papa Jack’s Emporium. It was a safe place so full of wonder, love, friendship, hope and the magic of toys. The whole place came to life in front of my eyes. I was surrounded by toys the whole time I was reading...

Hannah rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 15, 2018

I struggled with this. It took me about two months to read and I never felt compelled to pick it up. This is not a bad book by any means and I am still struggling to pinpoint what did not work for me. So stick with me as I am trying to figure out my thoughts. I adored the first chapter and was abs...

Pauline rated it ★★★☆☆

November 16, 2017

Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale is a story of Cathy a teenage runaway who takes a job in Papa Jack's Emporium. A place where magical toys are made and sold by toymaker Jekabs and his two sons. I enjoyed the imagination and the description of the toys that were created. I really liked the character o...

Louise rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2018

The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. Across the city, when children wake to see the ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice cracking underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open. In the heart of Mayfair, there is a place of hope. A place w...

Emma rated it ★★★☆☆

January 04, 2018

3.5 stars There's so much to like in this book- the Emporium is truly a magical place, somewhere a patchwork dog can run, and play, and love. It brings to mind every Christmas film you've ever seen, Santa's factory brought once more to life within the pages of the book. Such a place might seem ini...

Lucy rated it ★★★★★

November 17, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Richly written, full of magic - a lovely book. Others have compared this book to The Night Circus, and for good reason; as it has similarly rich, lyrical language, and deeply evocative descriptions. The novel follows Ca...

Helen rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2018

The Toymakers opens in 1906 with Cathy, a pregnant sixteen-year-old who runs away from home in order to avoid being forced to give up her baby. She sees an advert for a sales person for Papa Jack’s Emporium, a toy shop with a legendary status, and buys a one-way ticket to London. It wasn’t quite...

Helen (TBC) rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

Wow - Prepare for me to gush about this utter gem of a book because gush I must! The Toymakers is a magical, compelling and mesmerising read that totally absorbed me and has changed the way I'll look at toys forever. The writing is flawlessly beautiful and engaging and the characters are so well d...

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