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The Bogler's Apprentice

Rachael Lindsay

Something is happening in the forest.There are strange sounds and smells.The animals sense change… Hairy Bogley is a hermit troll. He is also a collector. He makes regular night time visits to the houses and sheds of big people, returning with items that might be of use or just of interest. His home-cave is tucked away above the fjord. It is secret and his alone.The unexpected arrival of his homeless nephew, Ulf, upsets Hairy. With some reluctance, he accepts that this young troll has come to stay.But danger awaits them.Birna and Ogmund have plans for Ulf.Hairy Bogley shatters the peaceful lives of the forest trolls, Hildi and Thom, when he begs for help. Without doubt, a desperate plan has to be hatched to rescue little Ulf and preserve the natural balance of the woods in which they

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As a child, growing up in Cheshire, I was an avid reader. J. M. Barrie was my hero but I also revelled in J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, C. S. Lewis and A. A Milne. I loved Kipling's asides to his audience (dearly beloved), the landscape of Narnia, and nonsense poetry. My young mind was full of mythical creatures and places; I still have my copy of The Sentimental Dragon by Grace Cox-Ife, pages now falling from their binding and signed at the front in my childish hand.
I spent many happy weeks in Switzerland when I was young, as my father worked there for periods of time. Those breath-taking mountains, lakes and waterfalls joined forces with the fjords and forests of Norway, creating a backdrop to much of my writing. Who could not be inspired by all of these influences?
As a result of my happy experiences in both real life and fantasy, I always wanted to write stories, from about five or six years old. Of course, I had to be a serious grown-up for a while - teaching all ages from four to fifty-four year olds, earning money and bringing my two wonderful children into the world - but then I decided the time was right for me. And my stories.
Now I use my background in education to inspire children in schools up and down the country. Their enthusiasm, as they listen to and read my books, is a constant delight to me. They begin to write with greater imagination and flair.
I see parts of my young self in them.