By her family, by her friends, by the world. Alone in the centre of a dark forest, Cathelijn wills herself to be strong, like a Viking. But all that comes is the dawning realisation that she is, in fact, Completely and Undeniably Alone.
And that’s when she sees it – the house.
A higgledy-piggeldy jumble as tall as the trees. Inside, she finds a leaky old mess of a place, with pots and pans collecting drips in every corner, as well as Piotr – a wooden-legged mountain boy who never stops talking – and Elka, a grey-haired explorer who insists they keep the curtains closed tight. Within minutes the house is soaring through the sky, trying to outrun the storm. Cathelijn learns that this is a Rescue House – the Rescue House. “We rescue the loneliest children in the world,” says Elka. “That is to say, the Loneliest Child. And that’s you. On this date and at this time you, Cathelijn, are the loneliest child in the world.”
So begins an extraordinary adventure that takes Cathelijn across the world, and deep inside herself, on a journey of self-realisation and self-determination.
Part fable, part mad-cap adventure story, House is about emotional resilience, loneliness, and flying houses.