Already a Sunday Times bestselling author with her first novel, A Map of the Damage confirms Sophia Tobin as a rising star. This is stunning historical fiction for fans of Tracy Chevalier.
London, 1941. Livy makes her way through Blitz-torn London to the Mirrormakers’ Club, the only place that makes her feels safe, where she finds herself drawn into the mystery of a missing diamond, and torn between two men with competing claims on her.
London, 1841. Charlotte is helped from the scene of an accident by a man who shows her a building he is working on, and whose kindness unlocks a hope she has long kept buried. But that man is not her husband.
Two women, a century apart, united by one place: the Mirrormakers’ Club. A building which holds echoes of past loves and hates, and hides the darkest of secrets in its foundations.
Sophia Tobin was raised in Kent. She has studied History and History of Art, and worked for a Bond Street antique dealer for six years, specialising in silver and jewellery. She currently works in a library and archive. Inspired by her research into a real eighteenth-century silversmith, Tobin began to write The Silversmith’s Wife, which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. It was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014. Her second novel, The Widow’s Confession, was published in 2015, and her third, The Vanishing, in 2017. Tobin lives in London with her husband.
‘Instantly gripping, this novel holds you in its spell from first to last. I was desperate to learn the fates of every one of Tobin’s vivid, intriguing characters – I simply could not stop reading. Exceptional storytelling, full of heart, wisdom and passion. Unmissable’
– Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea
'A wondrous, captivating novel that seamlessly weaves 1941 Blitz ravaged London with the creation of the intriguing Mirrormaker’s Club in 1841. An historical novel with depth, beguiling characters, and an enthralling, racing story, A Map of the Damage is a triumph'
– Kate Mayfield, author of The Parentations
'A Map of the Damage is a gripping mystery with a passionate Victorian love story at its centre. I found myself completely drawn into a world of creative obsession, dramatic romance, and a breathless quest for the truth. Sophia Tobin’s masterful storytelling kept me hooked throughout, and her vibrant characters and beautifully rendered historical settings made this a real pleasure to read'
– Sophie Hardach, author of Confession with Blue Horses
'Sophia Tobin uses her beguiling creation, the Mirrormakers’ Club, built in 1841 and badly damaged in the Blitz, to unite a vivid cast of characters from two eras. All are engaged in trying to solve a mystery that - with wonderful ingenuity on the part of the author - will finally be fully revealed only to the reader'
– Miranda France
– Mail on Sunday on The Vanishing
'Think Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, but ten times darker, and you have The Vanishing … as dark and eerie and gothic as the Yorkshire Moors it is set on. One to curl up by the fire with on a windy night’
– Stylist on The Vanishing
– The Times on The Vanishing
‘Vivid, absorbing and wonderfully gothic, with shades of Sarah Waters and Emily and Charlotte Brontë’
– Kate Riordan on The Vanishing
‘Atmosphere aplenty and some real surprises’
– Daily Mail on The Vanishing
‘Echoes Wuthering Heights with its setting and sense of intrigue’
– Red on The Vanishing
‘A vivid sense of the period … which stays with the reader long after the final page’