Books  |  Feb 17, 2022

Rachel Darwin wins Bath Children’s Novel Award

The Doll’s House Mouse by Rachel Darwin has jointly won the Bath Novel Award Children’s prize 2022.

This is a charming middle-grade tale which explores themes of grief and loss; Lottie navigates the grief she feels at the death of her beloved Grandpa with the help of a toy mouse.

Prize judge Sam Copeland said: “I was utterly divided on this brilliant shortlist. Every one was exceptional in some way. I managed to whittle it down to two but found I could go no further! Two deserved to win, so two have won. The Doll’s House Mouse feels like a classic; sweet, funny, tender, moving and brilliantly written – I really fell for this gorgeous story. Dreamdogs was very different to Doll’s House Mouse but equally well written. It’s scary and exciting and moving and highly original. Both books were a joy to read and both books should have publishers all over them.”