Caroline Busher’s longing for stories began in the time-worn books she would gather from vintage fairs and markets in Piccadilly as a child. The sun-bleached covers were a mysterious window into another world. Leafing through musty pages she encountered not only ‘magnificent’ tales, but also the unnerving presence of past readers who shared in an unraveling plot. She would scan what seemed to be the menacing Victorian buildings, before burying her find nervously deep into the pocket of her treasured glinting petticoat.
The allure of objects and their connection with story has stayed with her. The thrilling childhood rummage through markets and fairs are sepia stained memories, writing has tapped into the same exhilarating surge when unearthing a forgotten object. Her work is anchored in Co. Wexford, it hints at the not too distant past, dank crumbling houses, limped ruins that take root. Traces of an often-tragic past are laced beneath a beastly Black Stairs that peers gloomily over Enniscorthy.
Eoin Colfer declares that Caroline’s first novel ‘The Ghosts of Magnificent Children reads wonderfully, an excellent and original voice, with shades of Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket’.
Praise for The Girl Who Ate The Stars….
“An original, highly imaginative tale with Gothic overtones.” - Irish Examiner
‘A creepy, delicious tale of wolves and darkness in wartime’ - Peadar Ó Guilín, winner of the Children's Choice CBI Award 2017