'Discovering Eva Ibbotson's books is one of the nicest things that's ever happened to me. The most beautiful, delicious, wry read' - Marian Keyes
Curl up with a collection of romantic short stories taking you from nineteenth-century Vienna, over the wild moors of Northumberland to the snowy streets of pre-revolutionary St Petersberg.
A collection of eighteen romantic short stories from the award-winning and much-loved Eva Ibbotson, A Glove Shop in Vienna will show you the great passions and astute observations of everyday life.
Join Great-Uncle Max, torn between his grand and secret love for Susie, the enchanting glove shop assistant, and the devotion of his opera-singing wife. Meet Miss Bennett, drama mistress at the fading Markham Street Primary School, whose search for a baby Jesus for the nativity play yields unexpected and miraculous results. And agonise with Kira, a dancer in Russia's Imperial Ballet school, thrown out onto the streets of St. Petersburg, and found by Edwin, a lonely dreamer.
A chocolate-box collection of deliciously romantic, atmospheric and witty stories to lose yourself in this Christmas.
'Eva Ibbotson is such a good writer that her characters break the bonds of the romantic novel' Washington Post
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved
to England with her father when the Nazis came into power.
Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults,
many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children's
literature in the UK, including the Nestl Smarties Book Prize and the
Eva's critically acclaimed Journey to the River Sea won the
Smarties Gold Medal in 2001. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour
of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist.
Imaginative and humorous, Eva's books often convey her love of nature,
in particular the Austrian countryside, which is evident in works such
as The Star Of Kazan and A Song For Summer.
Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on October 20th 2010. Her final book, One Dog and His Boy, was published in May 2011.
Eva Ibbotson is such a good writer that her characters break the bonds of the romantic novel.
Washington Post Book Review
Discovering Eva Ibbotson's books is one of the nicest things that's ever happened to me.
The most beautiful, delicious, wry read
This lovely collection of short stories are typical of Ibbotson's novels. They're full of giddy romance, soul-stirring description of Old Vienna, handsome and intriguing men and girls who have a lot of feelings. Absolute bliss in other words!
Red online - Sarra Manning
The late Ibbotson's words live on in this atmospheric collection of wintery short stories. Lonely dreamers, ballerinas and a Christmas angel.
The i newspaper
Her books are utterly delightful