Fairy Hill

Fairy Hill

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Cover illustration by Phillip Cullen

The long-awaited new children’s book from Ireland’s beloved storyteller, bestselling author of Under the Hawthorn Tree, Marita Conlon-McKenna. 

When Anna is sent to stay with her dad at Fairy Hill, strange happenings make her begin to wonder if the fairies she’s heard about are real. And if they are, could her little brother Jack be in real danger?

Paperback: €12.99
Paperback: 288 pages
Size:216x150 mm
ISBN: 9781788493604

E-Book (ePub): €8.99
Also available as an E-Book (ePub)
ISBN: 9781788494274

Category: Fiction

Strange things are happening in Fairy Hill.

Thirteen-year-old Anna is upset when she is sent to stay with her dad and his new family at Fairy Hill in the west of Ireland. Hearing whispers in the wind, Anna senses she is being watched, but nobody believes her except the mysterious boy down by the lake. When her little half-brother, Jack, nearly gets lost, Anna suspects that someone is trying to steal him away. She wonders if the stories about the old house and the fairies are true. And if they are, could Jack be in real danger?

Marita Conlon-McKenna Phillip Cullen

MARITA CONLON-McKENNA is one of Ireland’s most popular, award-winning children’s authors. She has written numerous award-winning and best-selling books, and they have been translated into many languages. Under the Hawthorn Tree, her first novel, became an immediate bestseller and has been described as ‘the biggest success story in children’s historical fiction’. Its sequels, Wildflower Girl and Fields of Home, which complete the Children of the Famine trilogy, have also been hugely successful.

Other books by Marita Conlon-McKenna include: No Goodbye, Safe Harbour, The Blue Horse, In Deep Dark Wood, and A Girl Called Blue. Under the Hawthorn Tree is also available on DVD. Visit www.obrien.ie for full details of all Marita’s books.

‘Marita ... is a natural storyteller.’


Martin Waddell

‘In all of Conlon-McKenna’s books there is an underlying sense of resilience, of self-reliance and of enterprise in even the poorest of people.’

The Big Guide to Irish Children’s Books CELIA KEENAN

‘Conlon-McKenna sees herself very much as a storyteller, and the outstanding feature of her work is its strong narrative thrust.’

The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English VICTOR WATSON

I’ve read this and it’s brilliant! It’s Marita at her best ... this cracking new book features a brave girl who fights back against the fairies who are determined to steal her little brother away  

Sarah Webb

wonderful ... a page turning adventure full of bravery, fairies & friendship. Highly recommended

Halfway Up the Stairs

Set in the west of Ireland with inspiration drawn from Irish folklore and culture, 13-year-old Anna is thrown into the deep end when sent from London to spend time with her father and his new family. But when beguiling and bewildering events occur, Anna has a feeling there might be some truth in the tall tales she’s told about the landscape she finds herself in … Another triumph from one of Ireland’s most beloved authors

Irish Examiner

Marita is back … Marita when she’s on song usually hits it out of the park … really strong buzz, really excited for this 


Dave O’Callaghan, Here & Back Again pod

Feels like the book every primary school has been waiting for, for the last 30 years


Elaina Ryan, CBI, on Here & Back Again pod

A contemporary story of family and love, stepped in ancient myth and folklore

Children's Books Ireland in the Irish Examiner

new novel from Marita Conlon-McKenna, one of Ireland’s best-known children’s storytellers. Set in Sligo, it follows 13-year-old Londoner Anna, who has returned to her father’s homestead under the shadow of Ben Bulben for the summer. The journey she takes is metaphorical too, as Anna tries to find a place for herself in her father’s new family. Anna’s family circumstances give Conlon-McKenna a rich social real-world context against which to place the otherworldly aspects of the story, which sings into a long history of Irish legend and lore … Conlon-McKenna’s clever positioning of Anna’s rational fears beside the enchanted fantasy adds a thrilling edge, suggesting that the boundaries between the two worlds are even thinner than legends might have us believe

Irish Times

Marita Conlon-McKenna is an Irish award-winning children’s author, and we were thrilled to find Fairy Hill in our Postbag. O’Brien Books are the publisher of this new novel, a fantastic story for it goes without saying that any story featuring the fairy folk so well-known in all our myths and legends, is sure to be a delight. But what makes this one so readable? It is the element of surprise, the narration of a tale that takes us from a home in London’s Notting Hill, to a wedding and then a flight to Dublin in a few short pages, the sense of mystery, wonder and magic is infused in every word, the feeling of needing to read on to discover more

Armadillo Magazine

introduce your children to the gripping writing of Marita Conlon-McKenna

Sunday Times Ireland

Conlon-McKenna brings together elements that are familiar ingredients in children’s literature; the fractured family, new relationships and friendships, change, the world of faerie and folk lore. They are familiar, indeed, but here skilfully woven together to create a warm-hearted story of family and friendship, of change and acceptance with just the right amount of jeopardy bringing an element of danger and potential loss … Conlon-McKenna’s style is accessible and attractive, allowing for just enough description to create a sense of place, while a good use of dialogue engages the immediate attention. Traditional storytelling beautifully handled

Books for Keeps

One of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers for children is back with a story inspired by WB Yeats’ poem The Stolen Child, which brings together modern Ireland and Irish folklore in a captivating way. When Anna is sent from London to stay with her dad and his new family in rural Ireland, she is not happy but slowly her dad’s farm and the woods and animals start to work their magic. Anna’s intelligence and bravery are put to the test when her father ploughs a field said to contain a fairy fort. Strange things begin to happen … A genuinely eerie and captivating story, with a cracking plot

Sarah Webb, Irish Independent

atmospheric adventure

Inis Magazine

Conlon-McKenna is an expert at crafting page-turners for pre-teens and builds a bewitching tale of mystery and suspense

The Echo

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Also by Marita Conlon-McKenna:

Wildflower Girl
Under the Hawthorn Tree
No Goodbye
The Blue Horse
Faoin Sceach Gheal
In Deep Dark Wood

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Also by Phillip Cullen:

Tabitha Plimtock and the Edge of the World
The Strange Tale of Barnabus Kwerk
Safe Harbour
Millie and the Magical Moon

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