Light UnlockedLIGHT UNLOCKED, Kevin Crossley-Holland’s and  Lawrence Sail’s lovely anthology of Christmas card poems has just been reissued by Enitharmon Books.  With poems by Alan Brownjohn, Seamus Heaney and many other leading poets with whom the editors have exchanged cards, this book is of course an ideal Christmas present, and has been praised by Sir Trevor MacDonald OBE as ‘… one of the most delightful anthologies to be published in years.’

NORSE MYTHS Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

NORSE MYTHS  –  TALES OF ODIN, THOR AND LOKI was published in November 2017 by Walker Studio in London and Candlewick in New York.  This book continues to be available in hardback, and has now reprinted three times.  A paperback version will be available in 2020.  The UK edition is being very strongly supported by Waterstone’s and Foyle’s.                        The U.S edition has already won a starred review from Book List ‘…….. Crossley-Holland’s inspired text is straightforward and largely unadorned in a way that makes it timesless…..   Together words and pictures work to memorable effect, doubtlessly inspiring their young readers to yell and cry.  The myths have never been better served.’ , while The Wall Street Journal has hailed it: “Brute power seems to emanate from the pages of ‘Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki’ (Candlewick Studio, 225 pages, $27.99), a collection of Viking stories retold with vigor and dash by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Wall Street Journal has since selected this book as one of 13 Children’s Books of the Year.   Jeffrey Alan Love’s stunning illustrations here are so potent and menacing that they seem less to have been created with acrylic and ink than to have been hammered from iron.”

As Neil Gaiman says, ‘Kevin Crossley-Holland is the master’

Check out the Traditional Tale page for more details.  And check out this blog if you’d like to know more about the Jeffrey Alan Love’s illustrations.


Orion has just reissued the first of the prize-winning Arthur trilogy, The Seeing Stone, with a new cover  –  for a new generation.  This title alone has sold well over one million copies and been translated into twenty-five languages, and will be followed early in 2018 by At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March.                                                 
Check out the Fiction page for further details.


Heartsong by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jane Ray (September 2015)


Music has played a crucial part of each of our lives, and it’s at the healing heart of our mute heroine Laura’s life. Heartsong our book is called, and our own heart-song is what it is.
‘Crossley-Holland’s limpid prose matches Ray’s diaphanous watercolour images perfectly, evoking 18th-century Venice in all its gaudy grandeur and bringing to life someone who would not otherwise have been even a footnote in history.’
The Financial Times
‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons provides the background to an elegant story of a mute girl’s discovery of her voice.’
The Irish Times
‘A ravishing object and a touching poetic tale.’
The Sunday times