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Grimly Darkwood

Grimly Darkwood

Question: Who is your favorite author and why?

In this context, it has to be Philip Ardagh. My nephew lent me one of his books, which he had enjoyed, and I loved it too - to such an extent that I decided I wanted to write a book for children in a similar style. That was how I came to write my Vale Of Strange books. I don’t know if I really write like Philip Ardagh but I have now completed the first two books in the series. The Shop on Peculiar Hill is out now. The sequel, Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill, will follow shortly.

About Grimly Darkwood

I was born in the year nineteen hundred and blinkety blonk, which was a very long time ago. In those days, things were very different from how they are today. Carts were more common than cars, mobile phones had not been invented, and if you were very lucky, the highlight of your day was to find a free plastic spaceman in a packet of corn flakes.

I thought the sights and sounds of such days were gone forever. I was therefore surprised when, while studying the night sky with my telescope, I began to observe life on a planet which had much in common with those distant days. That I could see this place so clearly was remarkable in itself. Normally, only the brilliant stars which provide such planets with light can be observed at such a distance. But I found out that I could see the planet because it possessed a phenomenon called strangeness, of which I was soon to learn a great deal more.

The Shop on Peculiar Hill is the first of my accounts of life in a part of that distant planet, a vicinity known as The Vale of Strange. I am determined that more such tales will follow, in spite of attacks from mysterious ‘intergalactic forces’ which are trying to sabotage my telescope and clog up my ballpoint pen... There’s more about me on my website:

The Shop on Peculiar Hill is available from at
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