Her Majesty’s Royal Coven
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'Juno Dawson is at the top of her game in this vibrant and meticulous take on witchcraft. Her characteristic wit and grit shine through'
Hidden among us is a secret government department of witches known as Her Majesty’s Royal Coven.
They protect crown and country from magical forces and otherworldly evil, but their greatest enemy will come from within…
There are whisperings of a prophecy that will bring the coven to its knees, and four best friends are about to be caught at the centre.
Life as a modern witch was never simple … but now it’s about to get apocalyptic.
Prepare to be bewitched by Juno Dawson’s first adult series. A story of ancient prophecies and modern dating, of sacred sisterhood and demonic frenemies.
‘Dawson has created your new obsession. HMRC is full of her trademark heart and humour, with a delicious slick of darkness. I fell in love with her coven – and I need the next instalment now!’
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
‘HMRC is such a joy to read – the world building is incredible, the writing sophisticated, and the exploration of gender and identity is done with nuance and care. Utterly compelling’
‘I absolutely DEVOURED this and adored every word. It’s a game changer. Trust me when I tell you, there will not be a better read all year’ Lindsey Kelk
‘It's genuinely thrilling and hair-raising. Juno is a magician’ Russell T Davies
PRAISE FOR JUNO DAWSON:
‘Beautiful, moving and witty’
‘Compulsively readable and touching – I loved it’
About the author
Juno Dawson is a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and a columnist for Attitude magazine.
Juno’s books include the global bestsellers, This Book Is Gay and Clean. She won the 2020 YA Book Prize for Meat Market. She also writes for television and has multiple shows in development both in the UK and US. An occasional actress and model, Juno appeared in the BBC’s I May Destroy You (2020) and Holby City (2021) and was the face of Jecca Cosmetics Play Pots campaign.
Her journalism has appeared in Glamour, The Pool, Dazed and the Guardian. She has appeared on Pointless Celebrities, BBC’s Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight.
Juno lives in Brighton. She is a part of the queer cabaret collective known as CLUB SILENCIO. In 2014, Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.
This cleverly constructed contemporary fantasy, the adult debut from YA bestseller Dawson (This Book Is Gay), launches the HMRC series. Witches Niamh, Ciara, Helena, Leonie, and Elle have been friends since childhood. They swore their oath to the eponymous, long-standing coven a secret mainstay of the British government together and fought side-by-side during a brutal civil war. When, after years of peace, Theo, an impossibly powerful teenage warlock, is discovered in an orphanage, the portents foretell a new threat. As it becomes clear there's more to Theo than meets the eye, conflict over how to handle the situation erupts among the four friends. Helena's personal biases gradually overshadow her friendships, and she takes increasing risks to secure the safety of her coven. Though at first the story feels run-of-the-mill and seems to lack the emotional intensity that characterizes Dawson's work for teens, a gradually building layer of political commentary ultimately reveals a complex metaphor for the U.K.'s sociopolitical climate and mainstream transphobia. This added texture is carefully balanced with a fast-paced second half and some truly surprising twists, making this an exciting new direction for Dawson. Readers will be eager for the next installment. Agent: Alyssa Reuben, Paradigm Talent Agency.