The Monsters We Deserve

Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick

Young Adult Fiction

'Do monsters always stay in the book where they were born? Are they content to live out their lives on paper, and never step foot into the real world?'


The Villa Diodati, on the shore of Lake Geneva, 1816: the Year without Summer. As Byron, Polidori, and Mr and Mrs Shelley shelter from the unexpected weather, old ghost stories are read and new ghost stories imagined. Born by the twin brains of the Shelleys is Frankenstein, one of the most influential tales of horror of all time.


In a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on Shelley's creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts. Humankind makes monsters; but who really creates who?


This is a book about reason, the imagination, and the creative act of reading and writing. Marcus Sedgwick's ghostly, menacing novel celebrates the legacy of Mary Shelley's literary debut in its bicentenary year.

PUBLICATION JULY 2019

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Marcus Sedgwick has worked in children's publishing for ten years and before that he was a bookseller. He is also a stone carver and wood engraver and illustrates all his novels. Marcus lives in Sussex and has a young daughter, Alice.

General Fields

  • : 9781788542319
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : April 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.9'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823.92
  • : 272
  • : Marcus Sedgwick
  • : Paperback