‘Lighting the way home’: Myth and history combine in a magical standalone adventure inspired by the incredible true stories of female lighthouse keepers.

Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island, keeping the lantern lit to protect passing boats from the treacherous rocky coastline. But when an emergency arises and her parents have to travel to the mainland for help, Deryn is left alone to keep watch over the lighthouse, and she finds herself in a terrible situation when the lamp runs out of oil during a wild storm. With a fishing boat in peril on the sea, and time running out to rescue those on board, Deryn seeks help from an unusual source – a creature born of myth and magic, who can help light the way.


Featherlight is published by Barrington Stoke. It is written and formatted specially for dyslexic and reluctant readers. With cover artwork by Evan Hollingdale and internal black and white illustrations by Anneli Bray. 



“A beautiful weaving of myth, magic and history, an absolute joy to read” — Sophie Anderson
“A beautiful story of bravery and hope … Gorgeous!” — Lisa Thompson
“Absolutely loved this gem of a story” — Andy Shepherd
“A gorgeous, heartfelt, hopeful story” — Emma Carroll
“A stunning and atmospheric tale from a master storyteller” — Lancashire Evening Post

Read the Opening Chapter…