Latest up on my family history page are the Torels of Essex. They were Serjeant Naperers – in charge of the royal table linen at coronations – at least as far back as 1130.


My favourite fantasy, Pangur Ban, has been re-issued by Spring Song Press. This time, there is an ebook, as well as a paperback.

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Breathless, tumbling fantasy.”

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.


What we want to do now is to publish the rest of the series. But the artist who did the splendid cover for Pangur Ban doesn’t come cheap, so we are using Kickstarter to help.



I am also a keen family historian. I am researching my own family history, mosty in Devon and Kent, and my husband Jack Priestley’s ancestors, mainly in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Some lines go back more than 30 generations, from paupers to lords of the manor. I even know the village in Normandy one of my ancestors came from.



In preparation: a new edition of the classic children’s fantasy Pangur Ban, including an ebook.