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The Haunted Hills

The Haunted Hills will be published by UCLan on 6 October 2022. Although it’s not yet available to preorder, you can add it to your Amazon list here.


To be published by UCLan, 6 October 2022, ISBN 978-1912979936.

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I’m really pleased to say that my new book, The Haunted Hills will be published by UCLan Publishing in October of this year. I don’t want to tell you very much about the book yet, but it’s set in the Derbyshire Peak District, where many of my books are set. The central character, Carl, is about thirteen, and he’s away with his parents recovering from a traumatic event, when he meets a strange boy …

Bound up with Carl’s story is the tale of The Lost Lad, a lonely figure who haunts the hills around the farm cottage where Carl is staying. And this, the Lost Lad story, is itself based on something that is said to have really happened in the Peak District many years ago.

If you’re wondering whether it’s like any of my other books, I think the nearest would be The Company of Ghosts, which is about a girl abandoned on a haunted island. Another would be The Snake-Stone, about a boy who searches a valley in Derbyshire in the hopes of meeting his birth mother. In both of these the wild landscape plays an important part in setting the atmosphere of the story.

The beautiful artwork is by Tamsin Rosewell, and the designer is Becky Chilcott at UCLan Publishing.

Copyright: Tamsin Rosewell illustrator and UCLan Publishing. If you’d like to use these images, please let us know by contacting me or UCLan Publishing.

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