A haunting story of friendship, courage, time-travel and a very special crow.

It is January 6th 1928, the day before the Great Flood. Glory a twelve year-old orphan  works at The Frippery and Fandangle Emporium creating jewellery with her secret assistance the crow Fusspot. The river is about to burst its banks, a snow storm has engulfed the town when she meets Needle, who has done a spot of time travelling to reach Inthington. Can two children and a crow save the fourteen lives endangered by the the flood? Can they change the future?

Inspired by the Great Flood of London, ELSETIME is an epic story of courage, determination and time-travel from debut Irish author, Eve McDonnell.

Short listed for The Awesome Books Award 2022.



‘Can two children change the course of fate? Inspired by the real-life 1928 Great Flood of London, this intriguing debut blends time-slip with historical adventure.’  Bookseller

‘Fans of Helena Duggan will love the atmosphere and clever plotting. A highly original debut.’ Irish Independent

‘Rich with historical detail – Elsetime is both classic in tone and original in vision.’ Irish Times

‘ The characters are splendidly drawn. A remarkable debut which features a brilliant and  surprising ending.’  Irish Examiner

‘The plot swirls and sparkles and will keep readers on tenterhooks.’ Lovereading4kids Debut of the Month

‘Steeped in atmosphere and suspense, beautifully written. Elsetime is gripping, moving, and delivers a final, dazzling twist that will delight readers both young & old. Lancashire Post

‘An enchanting, time twisting adventure. beautifully written.’ Kieran Larwood

‘Eve McDonnell’s gripping story weaves delicately through time, with a brilliant twist in the tale that will leave you longing for Glory and Needles’ next adventure!’ Helena Duggan

‘Written in a unique and memorable voice, and peopled with characters as memorable as the wonderful Needle and the spirited Glory, Eve McDonnell’s debut novel is one not to miss.’ Sinead O’Hart

‘Glorious storytelling indeed.’ Nicki Thornton

‘A tale that combines time-travel with evocative description, colourful characterisation and artistic endeavour to create a unique and compelling story of friendship and courage’ Steve Voake

Book Details


198mm x 129mm






June 2020


Eve McDonnell