Anna Fargher was raised in a creative hub on the Suffolk coast by an artist and a ballet dancer. She read English Literature at Goldsmiths before working in the British art world and opening her own gallery.
The Umbrella Mouse is her first book, which she wrote on her iPhone notepad during her daily commute on the London Underground.
Anna splits her time between London and Suffolk where she is often found exploring the coastline and marshlands under the huge East Anglian skies. She is currently writing a second middle-grade novel, due for publication in 2020.
The Umbrella Mouse
A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, The Umbrella Mouse is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII.
1944, and London is under attack. Young mouse Pip Hanway’s safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb. Orphaned and alone, she must begin a perilous quest to find a new home.
But the only way to get there is by joining Noah’s Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.
Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Anna Fargher’s debut novel takes you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.
‘As soon as I started reading The Umbrella Mouse I knew I’d found something incredibly special.’
— Chloe Seager