Fairy Hill | Paperback | By Marita Conlon-Mckenna


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  • Fairy Hill
  • Pages: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Marita Conlon-McKenna
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press
  • Publication date: 27 February 2023
  • Category: Children's Fiction
  • Age: 9+
  • Size: 21.6 x 15 x 1.75cm
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Fairy Hill by Marita Conlon-McKenna


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 ... 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.’ - Celia Keenan

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

About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency. She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of Dublin.

Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject. When she heard a radio report of an unmarked children's grave from the Famine period being found under a hawthorn tree, she decided to write her first book, Under the Hawthorn Tree.

Published in May 1990, the book was an immediate success and become a classic. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish.


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