The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

The Toymakers

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! Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat…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...


Details The Toymakers

TitleThe Toymakers
ISBN9781785036347
Author
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fiction
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Reviews The Toymakers

  • Amalia Gavea
    1970-01-01
    ‘’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 ‘’The Toymakers’’, but I thought that it would be an elegant fairytale, a book to prepare me for the festive reads of this year’s Christm...
  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    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 running away from home to work at the Emporium which offers accommodation. A traumatised Papa Jack Godman began to comprehend the role that toys have for a ch...
  • Pauline
    1970-01-01
    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 of Cathy. I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jules
    1970-01-01
    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 this book. It was such a delight.However, this book is not all fun and games. While one brother obsesses over his toy soldiers in the Emporium, another...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThere'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 inimical to disaster but conflict arrives in the form of a young girl, pregnant and in search of a place to survive. Cathy is the instant and everlasting fo...
  • Lucy Banks
    1970-01-01
    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 Cathy, a pregnant young runaway, who finds herself at Papa Jack's Emporium in London. This is no ordinary toy shop, as hints of magic rule every aisle; fro...
  • Karen ⊰✿
    1970-01-01
    Not all magical realism is the same, and this is a great example of the genre.Welcome to The Emporium where you walk into a toy shop, but are transported to a world of wonder where toys seem to have lives of their own and magic is around every corner.Papa Jack runs The Emporium with his two sons and in 1917 we follow Cathy Wray as she discovers and starts to work at The Emporium. It opens every year at the first frost and closes when the first sn...
  • Thebooktrail
    1970-01-01
    I remember when I started believing in magic againWhen I read this bookVisit the Emporium for yourself - Enter the store in LondonThis is a joy of a read. The sentences are exquisite and the magical feeling they evoke, reminiscient of that sense of amazement you got as a child. There is childhood magic in this book and words of wisdom such as ““There’s a shared heritage in toys. Take any man and show him a hobby horse and a little piece of ...
  • Jodie Humphrey
    1970-01-01
    This is the most fantastic, magical, enchanting book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. Pure wonder from beginning to end. (Proper review to come when I have gathered my thoughts and feelings)
  • Tessa
    1970-01-01
    This beauty was given to me by the lovely Parabatai Reviews as they had a spare copy (courtesy of Ebury Publishing) and I couldn’t be happier that I get to own such a masterpiece.This was my first ever proof copy and the experience of reading, first hand, something that wasn’t yet been released was incredible.Not only is this book absolutely gorgeous (I mean, look at that cover, it is the most beautiful thing I own), but the story was also ou...
  • Imie K-M
    1970-01-01
    This book has been raved about to no end on Instagram, and generally online. However, what caught my attention was a review comparing this to one of my favourite books: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. I was lucky enough that my request was granted so that I could give this book a go. I originally planned only to read a chapter before bed, but before I knew it I finished the book at 4:30 am and was in love. The raving was for good reason ...
  • Kate (infinitelynovel)
    1970-01-01
    Such a rich, evocative story, bursting with magical realism and imagination. A bit darker than I was anticipating but that was one of the reasons it kept me hooked! The Toymakers is definitely a new favourite of mine.
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    This was not what I was expecting from the blurb. I was thinking it would be a light-hearted and magical Christmas read but it turned out to have a lot more depth to it and be a whole lot darker than I thought.It starts out as a magical Christmassy story. Cathy is pregnant and running away from her family who want her to give up her baby. She sees an advert in the paper for The Emporium, a toy shop, and instinctively feels that it's the answer to...
  • Hayley Long
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Netgalley, Katie Sunley at Penguin Randon House and of course Robert Dinsdale for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book.This book did not play out in the way that I thought it was going to. It started out with this wonderful childlike feeling of magic and whimsy and as the years in the book progressed I felt this creeping responsibility of adult hood sinking in, yet there was always the possibility of magic...
  • Christina Reid
    1970-01-01
    Absolute perfection! Magic and wonder hand in hand with hardship and horror. Full review to come!
  • Michelle Ryles
    1970-01-01
    I was immediately drawn to the striking cover of The Toymakers and decided to read this on the run up to Christmas to inject a little magic into my life. I didn't expect to feel so emotional at the end but the power of Robert Dinsdale's writing clearly worked its way into my heart like a toy soldier scaling a battlement. Don't be mistaken: this is not solely a magical feel-good story, it is mainly set during World War I so be prepared for loss an...
  • Tintaglia
    1970-01-01
    Premessa: per decidere se The Toy Makers mi fosse piaciuto (e decidere che sì, mi era piaciuto, e parecchio pure) ho dovuto riflettere un paio di giorni.Cosa inusuale, per una che di solito stabilisce se un romanzo è nelle sue corde alle prime trenta pagine ( e difficilmente sbaglia - è rarissimo che qualcosa che non mi è piaciuto alla prima si risollevi).In buona parte credo che sia dovuto allo scarto tra le aspettative iniziali e il prodott...
  • Katrina Southern
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I'm actually a little taken aback by how much I really enjoyed this one. I'd heard of Robert Dinsdale's work, in fact, I'd been hankering to read 'Gingerbread' for some time. I was thrilled to be offered the chance to read this book, especially as it felt like such a festive read! Toy shops are certainly the most magical place during Christmas time and I wanted a book ...
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    I feel bad,for possibly bringing the average rating down a notch,and I feel bad for myself that I didn't get the book I'd hoped for.To be honest,most of it was quite good... I LOVED the idea of magic in the toy shop,because when you're young,it's a magical place in itself.I LOVED the idea of opening at first frost and closing at spring. The relationships between all the characters were great,and even when war intruded on this cosy corner,I enjoye...
  • Lady Fancifull
    1970-01-01
    Sensing the life in everything : Magic for adults which will make, and break, your heart. Repeatedly.Who did not, as a small child, believe their toys were alive, or, at least, HOPE they came alive when your back was turned…….and so, yes, reading the synopsis of this book, my heart quickened a little in anticipation of recovering that state of ‘magic, real magic IS the world’, that was some of the place of that child, not ‘pretending’...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    There is very little in life that makes me happier than a book that whisks me away from myself and plonks me right into the midst of a whimsical world of Magic with a Eastern European slant. Admittedly there are not many of those to the Pound.The Toymakers is a sparkling example of the type though. It is utterly charming. The opening passages quite literally draw you in, down alleys and conduits into the most magical place I have been since my vi...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.If I'm being entirely honest, my main motivation for reading this book was the fact that it was described as being similar to The Night Circus. I can see why some people have said that, but I should really know better by now than to pick up any book in the hope that it'll make me feel the same way as a totally dif...
  • Jemima Pett
    1970-01-01
    Although the book starts with a 'later' scene, we quickly go back and take a continuous narrative, to follow the fortunes of Cathy and the people who come into her life. In reality, she came into theirs, since we spend little time in the dismal reaches of pre-war Leigh-on-Sea (a town on the Thames estuary to the east of London).  She runs away to London, having seen an advertisement for staff for Papa Jack's Emporium.  That, she thinks, is a s...
  • Gem ~ Bee
    1970-01-01
    Wow, this is truly such a rich, evocative book it is almost impossible to sum it up in to a review that can do it justice; it will be a book that stays with me for a long time and one I can see myself returning to read again and again, which I rarely ever do.It is a Toy Story for grown ups, encapsulating all the magic emotion and wonder of childhood when toys were more than just toys; dolls, teddy bears, soldiers, were our friends, sometimes the ...
  • Misaki
    1970-01-01
    The emporium is full of wonder and it inflames the imagination!This story starts from the young pregnant girl, Cathy run away from her home to Papa Jack's Emporium in London to find safely refuge for protecting unborn baby. There are unordinary magical toys that people craves to get and also she mets the sons of Papa Jack, Kasper and Emil, both are the toymakers. She gets involved in love, battle of ownership of emporium and even darkness of Worl...
  • Michael Cayley
    1970-01-01
    This book is absolutely enchanting, moving, and beautifully written.Pregnant teenager Cathy runs away from home in 1907 rather than go to an institution where she would have to give up her baby. Responding to an advertisement for shop staff, she goes to the Emprium in central London, a toyshop open to customers only between the first and last frosts of winter. It is owned by Papa Jack, whose two sons, Emil and Kaspar, vie with each other in their...
  • Orláith
    1970-01-01
    When I first requested this book on NetGalley I honestly wasn’t sure what I would think as this isn’t my “usual” kind of book. Now that I’ve finished it I cannot express how glad I am that I took a chance!The Toymakers is probably going to stay on my list of favourite reads for a long time to come. Without giving too much away, it has quite the mix of genres that all seamlessly work together. It is a coming of age story set against a ba...
  • Jantine Kampes
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.In this book we learn to know and love the Godman-family and their emporium of toys. Wonderful, magical toys, and a whole world where you can really imagine yourself a child. A place to hide and feel safe, just the place Cathy needs when she runs from her family, as a soon to be teen-mom.While the magic keeps seeping through, this book also tells of hardships and difficultie...
  • gem
    1970-01-01
    This book contains everything and seems destined ed to become a future classic and loved by Bookclub’s far and wide.War, love, family, loyalty and magic are just some of the themes that are the focus in this book. It’s unique, innovative and completely immersive - the language used is so beautiful it immediately drew me in and I found myself fully immersed in The Emporium and the world of the Toymakers.I think I need to reread this to properl...
  • Amy Hurrell
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely magnificent! This delightful story will be a staff and customer favourite for certain, taking pride of place on the shelves beside other magical works of fiction like The Night Circus, and Jonathon Strange and Mister Norrell.