Into The Faerie Hill (Publishes 2. March 2023)

The moment Alfred arrives at his granny’s cottage, he feels like he’s being watched. The surrounding forests teem with unfamiliar life—even odd little faerie creatures only Alfred can see. It’s only when free-spirited Saga bursts into his life that he learns to appreciate the strange beauty around him.

But this special world is under threat: Alfred’s dad is working on a project to dig a giant motorway tunnel through the landscape. As he joins Saga in the protests against this project, Alfred draws ever closer to the perilous world of the faerie creatures, following a thread that will lead him deep into mysteries from his family’s past.

FAERIES CAN BE FEARSOME!

Into The Faerie Hill is an adventure story about a rootless boy, an eco-warrior girl, and a community protest against a motorway tunnel that will harm nature and disturb the faeries. The fearsome faeries!

Alfred and Saga must venture deep into the mysterious faerie realm to unravel secrets from the past and find a way to protect both nature and otherworldly creatures. At its heart, the book is about family, friendship, and discovering who you are and where you belong.

The beautiful cover is designed by Thy Bui.

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What people are saying:

“A tapestry of a book: mythology, folklore & environmental challenges woven together with such bright characterisation & immersive detail that I couldn’t put it down. A gorgeous book.”

Hilary McKay

“Enchanting mix of faerie lore, family mystery and eco-activism. Magical and memorable, and full of love for special places and people.”

Nicola Penfold

“An exciting quest deep into a dark and tricky Fairyland, where stalagmites scream and leaves can burn – and where the secrets of Alfred’s family lie. This one body loved this book!”

Sinéad O’Hart

“Both wildly fantastical and heart-wrenchingly down to earth – a stunning journey about nature, family and finding your true self.”

Eve McDonnell

“A fantastical, mysterious adventure with prickly tension, a lot of heart, with otherworldly eeriness. Wonderful!”

Chris Soul

“A wonderful mix of magic, mystery and folklore that weaves in respecting the environment and the world around us. Family and friendship are strong themes in the book and the message to be proud of who you are sings out of the pages. … you won’t want to leave the village and Faerie.”

Karen Wall

My inspiration for the book

INTO THE FAERIE HILL was written during several pandemic lockdowns, where I wasn’t able to travel. Instead I went on long walks in the forest behind our house. As I hiked among the trees, I imagined strange creatures peeping out of their shadows. I stepped into faerie rings, which may or may not have taken me to another realm. At times, it certainly felt as if time stood still.

Other forests and underground caves on four continents have inspired the setting of this story too—from my childhood forests in Denmark to wood-covered mountains in the alps and endless forests in North America. And from Mønsted Kalkgruber—the largest limestone mine in the world with its maze of tunnels, underground lakes and colonies of bats—all the way to the underground river in the Waitomo Glowworm caves in New Zealand and dripstone caverns in Vietnam.

I’m thankful that I have had the opportunity to travel and explore so many breathtaking places that feed my imagination.

All photos by me, except the turquoise river photo from the Waitomo Glowworm caves.