Pan's Labyrinth: The Novel

Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 Oscar-winner Pan's Labyrinth is soon to take on a new life as a novel. The film’s world-renowned director turned to the international award-winning writer Cornelia Funke to reimagine Pan’s Labyrinth as a work of literature for the very first time. Soon enough, we’ll be able to revisit the story that enraptured audiences old and young.

The spellbinding new take on del Toro’s fantasy arrives in bookshops on 2 July, 2019. To celebrate, join us for a special screening of the film in glorious 35mm, followed by a Q&A event with Cornelia Funke who will be talking about the journey from film to novel, that place of myth and fairy tale in times of political upheaval. Following the screening Cornelia will be signing copies of the book.


You shouldn’t come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I’ll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it.

The critically acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro and widely praised children’s author Cornelia Funke (Inkheart) have collaborated on an enthralling new novel, inspired by del Toro’s 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, illustrating that fantasy is the sharpest tool with which to explore the terrors and miracles of the human heart.

In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests. Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And right away she sees what the Capitán is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves: a smiling wolf.

But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitán’s eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies and of renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army. There is no one to keep Ofelia safe as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story, where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood...

Cornelia Funke and Guillermo del Toro’s novelisation of Pan’s Labyrinth is published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC on 2 July, 2019, and is available to preorder now from Foyles bookstore

Cornelia Funke joins us at Curzon Soho for a special 35mm screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

6.15pm, 2 July at Curzon Soho

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