Monday 21 February 2022

Doll Face by Dianne Stadhams


How we came to publish this one

Author Dianne Stadhams is a regular contributor to our annual anthologies and we encourage people we have published to submit more of their work to us. We were delighted to find that Doll Face fits in really well with what our visions for The Red Telephone.     


The title

The reason for this title soon becomes evident as the reader gets into the story.


Some notes about the process

We went through the normal three stages of editing with this, followed by three proof-reads. Dianne was on our Red Telephone mentorship scheme and we worked on this book with her before it went through the normal editorial process. However, this meant that there was slightly less to do when we came to editing.   


The cover

Dianne designed the cover herself though we had to make a few technical tweaks.  

Some notes about style

The style is spot on for the older young adult. It’s not always an easy read, There are several different voices in the story but that of the protagonist and her doll shine out clearly.  


Who we think the reader is

This is suitable for the adults and older young adults. Fourteen-year-old Tilly Henderson-Smythe is articulate with attitude, and was born with Mosaic Down's Syndrome. But she's not sleeping. Her parents and school are worried. She is sent for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) assessment after being taken hostage on holiday by a local group disgruntled over land rights and tourism development. With a secret passion for dodgy websites, and an appetite for just retribution, Tilly's view of complex issues goes viral.

What else

This book will make you think. It is a demanding read.  

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book, or download it if you have a plan, and give us a review. Just click here to be taken to our online bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free review copy.       




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