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Alison Littlewood is the author of The Hidden People, published by Jo Fletcher Books. A rational Victorian man of the city, Albie Mirralls, is called to a rural village where his cousin has been burned to death as a fairy changeling. In this place where the old tales hold sway and the ‘hidden people’ supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away . . . Alison’s first novel, A Cold Season, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Other novels include Path of Needles, a dark blend of fairy tales and crime fiction, and The Unquiet House, a ghost story set in the Yorkshire countryside. Her short stories have been picked for many Year’s Best anthologies and won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction. Alison lives with her partner Fergus in Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. She loves exploring the hills and dales with her two hugely enthusiastic Dalmatians and has a penchant for books on folklore and weird history. The Hidden People is available in all good bookshops and online here. Visit Alison’s website or follow her on Twitter.

The notion of fairy changelings, whilst dating back centuries, in many ways feels like a modern concept. That a human