Cover illustration is by the super Sandra Dieckmann, with inner illustrations by the amazing Rovina Cai.

Cover illustration is by the super Sandra Dieckmann, with inner illustrations by the amazing Rovina Cai.

Born in a Soviet prison camp, Lina has never seen the world outside until the night she escapes with her best friend, Bogdan. As the pair journey across a snowy Russian wilderness, they are pursued by a vengeful sorceress and her pack of shadow wolves. The children will need every ounce of bravery - and a little sorcery of their own - if they are to survive…

Nevertell comes out on the 7th November 2019. It’s aimed at ages 9-12, but really it’s for anyone to read and enjoy. You can pre order it now.

How it all started:

Nevertell is a story of friendship, survival, sorcery and courage. It’s been brewing inside me for years, feeding on everything from family stories and interests, to all the books I’ve read and loved, to the very first time I heard the unsettling phrase, ‘history is written by the winners,’ in school.

Later, when I read a book called Inside the Rainbow and learned that fairy tales - the magical, fantastical kind that I love so much - were not allowed to be told to children in the Soviet Union, I started thinking about the importance of fantasy, fairy tales and folklore, and what those things mean to me. About utopian ideals vs the world we’ve created, what’s real in the first place - and who gets to decide. That’s when Nevertell truly sparked into life.