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Hilary Crystal

Hilary Crystal
Hilary Crystal works from her home in Holyhead, North Wales, with her husband David. She practised for several years as a speech therapist, working mainly with children with special needs, and spent a year as a research assistant on a Medical Research Council project at Reading University. From the mid-1980s until 2006 she was a quality-control editor for the Cambridge and Penguin families of encyclopedias. She has co-authored three books with her husband: Wordsmiths and Warriors: the English-language Tourist's Guide to Britain, Words on Words (available on this site) and John Bradburne’s Mtemwa, and has designed several poetry anthologies for Holy Island Press and the John Bradburne Memorial Society. Her first techno-fantasy novel for children, The Memors, was published in 2013, and is available at this site, as is her second, The Mirrinth, published in March 2017.

The Mirrinth is here!

A day out at Great House turns out to be more than a boring tour round a stately home for Liss and Josh. A chance meeting with young Emily sends them into the Hall of Mirrors on a desperate search for a missing boy. Emily has lent Liss an amazing device to take with them, a device that Silas Enderson, owner of Great House, claims for his own family.
Bumbling Bob Holpweed is back. He's only days into his new job at Great House, after his adventures in The Memors, but he already has a feeling that something very strange is going on in the Hall of Mirrors. He's determined to investigate, and Silas Enderson is equally determined to stop him.
Can Liss and Josh find the lost boy and keep Emily's treasured possession out of Enderson's clutches? Will Holpweed be able to help them - or will he just get in the way, as usual?
Follow Liss and Josh into the Mirrinth, and find out.
Buy a copy here today.
The Mirrinth - Hilary Crystal

The Memors are here!

What’s so special about the dusty package hidden behind the panelling in Jess and Zach’s new home? Whose are the voices only Jess can hear? Why is the bumbling Holpweed watching their house? And what is Slewstone, his evil boss, planning with his weird technology?
Jess, Zach, and friend Rob must unravel the secret of the package, and restore what’s inside to the true owners before it’s too late. And when they find out what’s really going on they can hardly believe their eyes...

'From start to finish, I found it impossible to put down. It is thoroughly a great book.' (Harry, aged 13)

'You do not have to be a tweenager to enjoy a good fantasy story'. See the review in the Huffington Post.
The Memors - Hilary Crystal