The Witch's Daughter by Nina Bawden 1st / 1st 1966
First edition and first print published by Gollancz in 1966. This is a near fine copy. The clipped jacket designed by Shirley Hughes is in very complete condition with no chips or loss. The is a miniscule tear to the top right hand corner of the front panel. There is very slight sunning to the spine. The book is very presentable with no foxing or previous owners marks. Overall a collectible near fine copy.
On the remote Scottish island of Skua, Perdita has been branded "the witch's daughter" by islanders. They believe her mother died cursing the sea on which they depend for their livelihood. She lives alone in a tumbledown house by the loch, never goes to school, and has no friends.
One summer Janey, who is blind, and her brother Tim visit the island with their naturalist father. The children befriend the lonely girl, and together they search for rare orchids, explore the island caves, investigate a crime, and find treasure. Nina Bawden's fourth childrens book.